See below links to some useful local practice guidance, policies, protocols and procedures that are yet to be uploaded onto the Pan Bedfordshire Interagency Procedures page.
A Child Centred System: Understanding Thresholds
Bedfordshire Police, the University of Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough, Luton Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, Crimestoppers, and the three local safeguarding children boards are joining forces to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) with this new campaign.
The campaign aims to educate people on the signs that someone is being exploited, and increase the number of cases that are reported.
As part of the campaign, a new website has been launched which contains links and information about all of the agencies taking part, and explains how you can access help and support, as well as where to report CSE concerns.
The organisations will also be using social media to target young people directly, to help them recognise the signs that their friends, or indeed themselves, may be being exploited.
In September, the organisations will be working with schools in order to educate children and young people, culminating in a children’s conference at the end of September, as part of an awareness raising week.
Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of the Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) can be tricky for people to recognise which is why a tip-off from someone who may have noted something which doesn’t seem quite right, can be so incredibly valuable. The joint website is a great resource for those seeking more information on CSE.”
If you are concerned about CSE, you can call police on 101 or visit Bedfordshire against CSE for further information.
Practice guidance and Risk Assessment Tool
Practice guidance and Risk Assessment Tool to safeguard children and young people who are sexually abused through exploitation can be found on the Professionals CSE page.