Current Action being taken in Leeds to tackle CSE (Oct 2014)

Agencies in Leeds are taking a number of steps to progress a co-ordinated approach to addressing CSE across the city. These include:

  • The recruitment of a CSE and Missing Coordinator to take the lead on the development and implementation of our strategy and response and to provide a professional lead
  • Finalising a Child Sexual Exploitation strategy for 2013 -2015 and implementing an associated action plan which pulls together the multi-agency strategic and operational commitment required to ensure progress is made
  • Regular meetings between the Police, Children’s Social Care and other agencies to share intelligence
  • Ensuring that data is used and resources are targeted to disrupt and prosecute perpetrators, and safeguard vulnerable children and young people, including targeting offending that may be linked to the exploitation of children
  • Commissioning services to provide advice, practical support and emotional support to victims
  • Working with the Third Sector (Voluntary, Faith and Community groups).  Barnardos are funding a post to work with vulnerable care leavers, BLAST are working with boys and young men, ISIS are supporting girls and young women
  • Increasing awareness of the issue of child sexual exploitation among practitioners.
  • Recruitment of a Problematic and Harmful Sexual Behaviour Co-ordinator
  • Establishing a dedicated Police Officer post to work with vulnerable young people in children’s homes
  • Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) in partnership with Virtual College have launched a national interactive online information package for parents
  • Developing materials and tools that help those working directly with children and young people to identify and respond appropriately to those at risk of sexual exploitation, including a partner agency CSE checklist, a vulnerability and a risk identification tool
  • Providing a comprehensive range of single and multi-agency CSE awareness raising events /  training opportunities and developing  information and advice materials, for children, young people, parents, carers, and professionals.
  • Communicating directly with front line teams, to support their understanding and their development of good practice with those at risk of child sexual exploitation.
  • Introduced a multi-agency system in the city for recording all levels of concern about incidents of CSE. 
  • Setting aside provision in one of our children’s homes to provide short term accommodation as an immediate protection tool.