Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation: strategic commissioning of children’s services.

Format: Online report

Summary: Brings together key messages from research on child sexual exploitation (CSE) with implications for commissioning of children’s services. Key messages include: assessment of scale and need should be based on local analysis of both victimisation and perpetration; ensuring regular learning and ongoing professional development for professionals and involving practitioners in the design of services are ways to cascade strategic approaches on sexual exploitation to frontline services.

Publication details: [London]: Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
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Helping parents to safeguard their children from sexual exploitation

The University of Bedfordshire’s International Centre and Parents against child sexual exploitation (Pace) have published an evaluation of the Parents as partners in safeguarding children and young people in Lancashire project, which was delivered from June 2014 – May 2017. This centred around the work of a Parent Liaison Officer (PLO), who provided flexible, one-to-one support to parents and families whose child was at risk, or a victim, of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Key findings include: the PLO helped parents to understand the dynamics of CSE and grooming and respond with more empathy to their child; parents were able to play a more active part in safeguarding their child; the PLO’s support was identified as a key contributor to maintaining a strong record of child/family attendance at court; parents described themselves as more emotionally resilient and able to cope with the impact of CSE because of the PLO’s support.

Three Girls – and their families: evaluating support for parents in CSE cases;               The International Centre Blog

Further information: Empowering parents: evaluation of Parents as partners in safeguarding children and young people in Lancashire project 2014 – 2017 (PDF)

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation –  paceuk.info

Free Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Knowledge Twilight Workshops (January & March 2017)

Sefton CVS will be running a free Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Knowledge workshop in January and March 2017.

The workshop aims are:

  • To increase knowledge and ability to recognise signs and indicators of CSE
  • To improve confidence to respond to CSE in line with Sefton procedures in order to protect children
  • To improve appropriate information sharing by the VCFS in order to protect children experiencing CSE and assist Merseyside Police in their prosecution of offenders where appropriate.

Click here for a flyer with more information on the workshops.

If you are interested in attending one of the free sessions, please complete this booking form (click here), and return to Laura.Canniffe@seftoncvs.org.uk

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Knowledge Workshops For Sefton’s VCF Sector

South Sefton: Tuesday 24th May @ Sing Plus, 53 Cambridge Rd, Seaforth, L21 1EZ

North Sefton: Wednesday 15th June @ Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport, PR8 1RY

There will be 3 workshops on each date taking place at 1-3pm, 4-6pm and 7-9pm
(Arrival 15 minutes before workshop start time for tea/coffee)

Please reserve your FREE place(s) on any of the six workshops

Workshop Aims:
– To increase knowledge and ability to recognise signs and indicators of CSE
– To improve confidence to respond to CSE in line with Sefton procedures in order to protect children
– To improve appropriate information sharing by the VCFS in order to protect children experiencing CSE and assist Merseyside Police in their prosecution of offenders where appropriate.

Who Should Attend: Trustee’s, Company Directors, Managers and Frontline staff (paid and volunteers) that have responsibilities for delivering activities or services for children and young people in Sefton as part of the Voluntary, Community or Faith Sector.

Please reserve your place by returning a booking form (click here to download) to Jenny Dexter
E: Jenny.Dexter@seftoncvs.org.uk T: 0151 920 0726 ext 202