Risk and Vulnerabilities

The Risk and Vulnerabilities Strategy 2017

  • Child sexual exploitation, peer on peer abuse, trafficking, harmful sexual behaviour, offending behaviour, domestic and abuse violence and going missing from home or care should not be seen in isolation as they often overlap , creating a complex set of circumstances for young people. This strategy acknowledges that in order to proactively address safeguard children within a wide contextual safeguarding remit, a shared responsibility and collective understanding of the issues is required.
  • It is the responsibility of all agencies to identify children and young people at risk of exploitation, harm and abuse in order to prevent them from becoming victims, and it is the responsibility of all partner agencies to protect and safeguard all children and young people from further harm.
  • This strategy outlines a focused approach and a robust multi-agency response towards prevention, early identification and intervention of children and young people, and the proactive targeting, disrupting and prosecuting of individuals or groups who seek to exploit, abuse and harm children.
  • It also acknowledges that children and young people do not always recognise or acknowledge that they may be in an exploitative or abusive situation and effective safeguarding requires a ‘needs led’, child and family centred approach, in partnership communities and partner agencies.
  • This strategy has been developed with the acknowledgement that to effectively safeguard children and specifically adolescents, a comprehensive contextual safeguarding approach is required. As such, the strategy gives recognition to a wider child protection remit, setting out partnership intention to effectively address the risk of harm, exploitation and abuse (physical, sexual and emotional) from both within the child’s family setting and from their wider relationships, communities and social environments.


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