The four Safeguarding Partnerships of Hampshire, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Southampton are working in partnership to tackle child exploitation. Local strategic meetings have therefore been replaced by 4 area meetings which are chaired by Chief Superintendent Scott MacKechnie, Head of Crime at Hampshire Constabulary. After each meeting a newsletter is published to update local partners on discussions at the meeting together with local and national initiatives, and invite input. Newsletters available below:
New risk assessment tool for children who are being exploited (CERAF)
The new full CERAF (Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework) is now available for professionals to use. A CERAF should be completed as soon as potential concerns regarding any form of child exploitation are identified; this updates and replaces the previously used SERAF risk assessment tool.
The CERAF resources and guidance can be found on the HIPS Procedures website.
Safe4Me is as website run by Hampshire Constabulary. Here you will find key information including resources for schools, information on campaigns such as #NeverChooseKnives, harmful sexual behaviour, healthy relationships, radicalisation and extremism and cyber bulling. The website also hosts CPI forms which are the key way for professionals to share intelligence confidentially with the Police. CPI forms are available here.
Child Exploitation Strategy
The HIPS Missing, Exploited and Trafficked Information Strategy sets out how all agencies will work together to ensure the most effective and coordinated response to identify and protect children (all those under 18yrs) at risk of exploitation both within and across the areas.
‘Are You Listening?’ – New film to tackle Child Criminal Exploitation
Leicestershire Police created this short film with partners about knowing the signs of Child Criminal Exploitation. Funded by their local Violence Reduction Network, and developed with Leicester City and County safeguarding leads, they have produced this version for use beyond Leicestershire and Rutland. The powerful three-minute film was produced by Affixxius Films who previously won awards for two films with Leicestershire Police: “Kayleigh’s Love Story” and “Breck’s Last Game”, which looked at online grooming. The call to action is specifically aimed at adults who are in positions of trust or respect for child or young people.
The impacts of CCE are complex, many children caught up in it do not see themselves as victims. But it is vital that others see them in this way and get help and support. Children are also often reluctant to speak up when in trouble so this film encourages those around them to be aware of the signs which could indicate young people are in danger.