2014 INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO CSE IN ROTHERHAM KEY POINTS The inquiry carried out by Professor Alexis Jay looked at how Rotherham Council's children's services department dealt with cases involving child exploitation between 1997 and Found evidence of "appalling" exploitation of at least 1,400 children in Rotherham over a 16 year period. Found there was a "collective failure" by both the police and the local council to stop the abuse.
2014 INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO CSE IN ROTHERHAM 15 KEY RECOMMENDATIONS Problem profiles Risk assessments Strategic approach to protecting looked after children Review of Social care resources Support and therapeutic intervention. Ethnicity & Faith WELFARE OF THE CHILD PARAMOUNT
CSE has many guises and may look different wherever you go…. ….but there are common themes for every Force!
The need for regional and national CSE problem profiles. Development of a clear multi agency intelligence requirement to direct partners as to what information is required to aid victim and offender identification. Continued dissemination and training around the risk indicators of CSE. Working with PCC’s to develop victim support services for victims and those at risk of CSE. Monitoring of case load and ensuring appropriate resources are provided. Such as :
So what is the national policing response to CSE?
National CSE Action Plan The Action Plan will reduce the gap between the threat of CSE and the capability of the police to deal with it. There are 7 key themes; Public confidence and awareness Protecting, supporting, safeguarding victims and managing risk Effective investigations and bringing offenders to justice 4 Ps Prepare, Prevent, Protect, & Pursue Intelligence and performance monitoring Police leadership Learning and development for police leaders and frontline staff
Prepare: Providing strong leadership, effective systems whilst working with partners to tackle CSE. Prevent: Raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation among young people, parents, carers and potential perpetrators, to prevent incidents / repeat incidents of Child Sexual Exploitation. Protect: Safeguarding vulnerable young people and supporting victims and those professionals who seek to reduce instances of Child Sexual Exploitation. Pursue: Disrupting, arresting, and prosecuting Child Sexual Exploitation of offenders, ensuring a victim centred approach at all times.
Governance Regional Policing Leads CEOP College of policing Home Office OPCC LSCB’s Chair HMIC 3 rd Sector: Office of Children’s Commissioner Barnardo’s NSPCC Marie Collins Foundation National Working Group
Delivery & Performance ¼ Governance Group Meetings. Workshops – at key locations across the Country and opened by CC Bailey. Seminars – aimed at Senior Leaders. ACPO / PCC’s / LSCB Chairs. Peer reviews – College of Policing. Benchmarking – Annual process to measure force activity against the action plan. HMIC Inspections.
What does good CSE capability look like? 1. Strategic Leadership An ACPO team who “get” CSE and commit to driving a co-ordinated Force response. A mature approach to performance issues and a genuine commitment to tackling a “hidden” problem. Local (BCU) Commanders who understand CSE and work collaboratively to tackle it.
What does good CSE capability look like? 2. Effective multi-agency working This can be challenging for some Forces (depending on the number of Local Authorities), however it requires a ‘grown up’ approach. Effective 3 rd Sector commissioning to work with partners to support victims. Reliable systems and processes to identify and refer victims and agree a co-ordinated response.
What does good CSE capability look like? 3. High levels of awareness Police (Public protection staff, CID, Uniform, PCSOs, Call handlers, Intelligence staff) Partners (Local Authorities, Social Care, Education, Health, 3rd Sector, CPS, Courts) Public (Young people, parents, carers, business community, faith groups, minority communities)
Awareness Strategy Have you got one in place?
In summary………. ….no chain is stronger than its weakest link..
1 High levels of awareness in POLICE PARTNERS PUBLIC 5 Products generated to inform tasking
FUTURE CHALLENGES Increase in referrals Bringing offenders to justice Technology / Social media Media management Community engagement