This is a checklist that you can use to help you decide whether a child or young person may be at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
This tool is to be used when working with Children and Young People up to their 18th birthday. You should be aware that:
Young people aged over 16 can still be at risk of / or experience child sexual exploitation
Where a child is under the age of 13 years old, and /or has a learning disability and there are concerns regarding sexual exploitation, a referral to Children’s Social Work Services is required
This tool is for your use to make an initial judgement about the level of risk of sexual exploitation for the child or young person and what actions are required. The tool is to assist you in assessing the risk of Sexual Exploitation; it is not intended to be a referral form.
However, when making a referral to the Children’s Service Duty and Advice team or sharing your concerns with the child’s allocated social worker, the tool should form the basis of those discussions.
The protocol is based on “Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation: Supplementary guidance to Working Together to Safeguard Children” (June 2009). This document was issued under Section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 which means that, except in exceptional circumstances, local authorities must act in accordance with the guidance. In addition it is issued by the Home Office as guidance to police forces as a Home Office circular.
This Practice Guidance supports the Multi-agency protocol and provides a background and an understanding of sexual exploitation. It outlines how both girls and boys become involved, how professionals can best engage with them, what action professionals must take to safeguard them and support the prosecution of those who gain from this phenomenon.
In Leeds, the West Yorkshire Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment is a Children’s Services assessment tool. The Risk Assessment is embedded in the Children’s Social Work Services database. A child’s social worker completes the Risk Assessment either when a new referral concerning a child at risk of CSE is received, or when there are concerns for a child who already has an allocated social worker. Voluntary CSE special agencies utilise the risk assessment as a referral form.
The West Yorkshire Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment should complement and be developed alongside any other plan for the young person’s welfare in line with local LSCB Procedures.
Children at risk of sexual exploitation;
A flowchart which illustrates the process of managing a concern.
The WY Police CSE information report form is used to share any information that you may have which could to help identify possible perpetrators of Child Sexual Exploitation or children at risk of sexual exploitation. The form requires you to identify where the information has been obtained and to include as much detail as possible, for instance any information that you can provide relating to names, descriptions, nicknames, vehicle details, and addresses is helpful.
We all have a role to play in attempting to understand the issues relating to CSE are in our local area; sharing information which could be pertinent is therefore vital. If you have any information, not matter how insignificant it may feel to you, don’t sit on it, share it.
All completed forms should be sent to WYP: firstname.lastname@example.org and also copied to the Safer Leeds (Partnership Analytical Team’s) secure mail box: email@example.com
Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, West Yorkshire Police - The Intelligence Journey
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