Making Safer Places for Children

Over the last year The Children’s Society, Victim Support and the police teamed up to prevent and protect children and young people from child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSA/E). The Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSA/E) Prevention Programme was commissioned by Chief Constable Simon Bailey.

We reached 18,615 individuals!

As a network, the CSA/E Prevention programme worked collaboratively to collect intelligence and bring insight through partnership engagement. We helped identify ‘hotspots’ and priority areas, provide tactical advice and help bridge gaps in evidence based knowledge. We also coordinated and delivered targeted prevention activities, and developed nine regional CSA/E Prevention strategies, as well as national ones for both England and Wales.

Over the lifetime of the programme the prevention officers had a direct reach to 18,615 children and young people. Direct reach includes incidents of direct engagement with a child, young person, parent, carer, professional, business or community member. This might happen through awareness raising sessions, webinars, contextual safeguarding engagements and developing multi-agency forums.

Through indirect awareness raising, such as through media, television and radio, the prevention programme was able to engage with a further 5,904,134 members of the public.

A website full of resources……….

Sadly, this programme of work has now ended, as the funding from the National Police Chiefs’ Council was only for a year, however the network were keen to leave a legacy and continue to influence practice.

As a result a website has been created which provides insight into child sexual abuse and exploitation policing and prevention. A range of helpful tools and resources can also be found on the website such as toolkits and guidance for practitioners around:

* Working with Boys and Young Men

* Child Criminal Exploitation in relation to County Lines

* Harmful Sexual Behaviour

* Supporting Parents and Carers

* Protecting Children and Young People in the Night Time Economy

* Working with Children and Young People who have a Physical Disability

* Language Guidance

* Intelligence Guidance

Find out more

You can access free and public resources from the programme on our website