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.
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.
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