An estimated 140,000 young people under 18 go missing each year (The Home Office, 2010: 5) and based on self-reported behaviour, an estimated 100,000 children under 16 years of age run away overnight from home or care each year in the UK, over two-thirds of these cases are not reported to the police (Rees and Lee, 2005: 24).
Children can go missing for a variety of reasons, but in most instances they return home safely. Girls are more likely to go missing than boys at a young age and the harm to the child increases with younger children. In some cases, children might run away because of family issues or conflict with parents and carers. Sometimes children run away to escape abuse or rejection. Sometimes problems at school can be the cause for children to go missing. Sometimes children are not running away but running to somewhere, for example, in cases of child sexual exploitation.
A Missing and Child Exploitation Forum (MACE) is held regularly in Torbay. The forum is a place where information regarding children at risk, perpetrators and locations are submitted for information sharing purposes. Please use the referral form below to refer cases to the forum and email completed forms to Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
To be used when referring a case to the MACE Forum
Procedure for Children Abused Through Sexual Exploitation:
The Procedure for Children Abused Through Sexual Exploitation (below) can be used to enable professionals to assess a child or young person’s level of risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in a quick and consistent manner. Children and young people under the age of 18 (Children Act 1989) are considered under the scope of this guidance and toolkit.
When any child is identified as being at potential risk or subject to CSE please notify the CSE/MISPER Coordinator for Children's Services firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as the relevant referral channels, a copy of all completed Risk Factors Matrix (below) should also be forwarded to her for data recording and reporting purposes.
Procedure and processes for reducing the risk of children harmed through Sexual Exploitation
Guidance for professionals working with children on the use of civil orders, notices and other powers to disrupt and prevent CSE
Exploitation Screening Tool
As well as threats to the welfare of children from within their families, children may be vulnerable to abuse or exploitation from outside their families. These extra-familial threats might arise at school and other educational establishments, from within peer groups, or more widely from within the wider community and/or online. These threats can take a variety of different forms and children can be vulnerable to multiple threats, including: exploitation by criminal gangs and organised crime groups such as county lines; trafficking; online abuse; sexual exploitation... Working Together 2018
Young people form relationships in their neighbourhoods, schools and social media which can be violent and abusive. Parents and carers often have little influence over these contexts, which can undermine parent-child relationships.
The Partner Agency Information Sharing form is now ‘live’ on the Devon and Cornwall Police external website. This portal is an easily accessible way for our Partners to share information about Vulnerability and Crime.
Any professional who believes a child or adult is vulnerable or being exploited can use this form to provide intelligence or information that they think Devon and Cornwall Police should be aware of. If you’ve witnessed something that could be relevant to vulnerability or exploitation do not ignore it, please report it. Intelligence submitted via this form could include a variety of points such as; information about a concerning incident, suspicious activity, an unusual exchange between two or more people or something that makes you feel uncomfortable.
To complete the form, follow the link here...
Following a successful joint bid to the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund by the OPCC and Torbay and South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnerships, over £500,000 has been awarded to help identify, divert and safeguard young people who are at risk of Criminal Exploitation.
The Turning Corners Project will assess a young person’s susceptibility to exploitation, following a referral from any agency, using the Youth Exploitation Tracking Assessor (YETA) – developed in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police and based on their County Lines vulnerability tracker.
Young people who are identified as being at risk of criminal exploitation, or involved in gang related activity will receive a supportive and co-ordinated multi-agency intervention plan focusing on identifying and developing trusted relationships; the use of enforcement activity where appropriate; delivering positive interventions and identifying and managing any risk to others.
Each child-centric action plan is aimed to complement existing provisions, including Early and Targeted Help and the Supporting Troubled Families Programme. The project seeks to draw together expertise from a wide range of services including police, education, health, local authorities and the charitable sector to identify young people who are vulnerable to exploitation and at risk of involvement in criminal behaviour.
The award has allowed funding for a Violence Prevention Worker to be recruited into IYSS and intensive detached youth work through Love Sport to target individuals and localities of concern and increase access to positive activity.
Turning Corners Terms of Reference
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