We were invited to speak at the Yorkshire and Humberside Public Health Tackling CSE event to support the implementation of the framework as described in Child sexual exploitation: How public health can support prevention and intervention. The framework describes three key functions for public health: to lead the public health response to CSE, to improve the understanding of local contexts and risks, and to identify specific areas where the Director of Public Health can act.
The event was intended to stimulate ideas and give local areas a platform to build on. Many areas are already making great strides and we trust this adds to the growing body of knowledge about how important public health is to keeping children and young people safe.
Learning objectives from event
- Understand the issue of CSE and its relevance to public health;
- Understand what the evidence suggests an effective response to CSE should look like;
- Understand what a local response to these issues may look like.
- Each area will be equipped to complete a CSE self-assessment.
The event also hosted World Café Sessions which included;
University of York
The role of public health in the prevention and disruption of child sexual exploitation – Learning from serious case reviews in the UK.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) has evolved from being a largely concealed and unrecognised form of child abuse to being the subject of substantial political and public attention. We conducted a review to explore public health professionals’ ability to recognise child sexual exploitation by examining their role in serious case reviews. We found a lack of understanding of CSE, limited knowledge of the UK law and application of relevant policies which limited their action.
Communication with the child and between agencies was a key issue, whilst the child’s environment, the interaction with family members and clear understanding of the child’s vulnerabilities were also important. Recognising children vulnerable to CSE is challenging and demanding for public health professionals. This review showed the multi-factorial nature of CSE and that causes were not solely embodied in the relationship of victim and perpetrator, but were more complex and therefore require systemic intervention.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Not in our community – Protecting our friends against grooming and exploitation.
THIRTEEN is an initiative (in partnership with Viking FM) around young people and risk taking behaviour. One of the thirteen reasons has a focus on identifying boys and young men at risk of CSE and raising awareness in the East Riding. This will launch in January but has already been well received in consultation with young people, parents/carers and practitioners stating how powerful it is. The project uses audio and visual content to discuss thirteen different risky behaviours. Listeners are directed to a website which signposts users to relevant supporting agencies for young people and their parents.
Not in our Community – Prevention through co-producing social media with young people.
Over the past three years Not in our community has become a trusted social media for young people in the Humber area to that them protect their friends against grooming and sexual exploitation.
The work has continued to grow year on year in terms of engagement and information collated that it is helping young people to reduce risks from potential perpetrators.
The campaign delivery team will share their journey and practical lessons learned including:-
• How the campaign began and the obstacles we had to overcome with a range of stakeholders;
• The role local authorities, police, health and the private sector have within the partnership;
• Co-producing real-life based stories with young people, including survivors;
• The power and limitations of social media as a communications channel;
• The opportunity and conditions required to use ‘Not in our Community’ in a new geographical area.
Kirklees Council’s Licensing Policy (2015-20) makes effective use of its powers under Section 2.21 from Revised Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 on child sexual exploitation.
North Lincolnshire Council
Voice and experience of the child/young person
How children/young people are involved and their views/experiences are integrated, influence and shape local commissioning and monitoring of services;
How evidence based practice (both local and national) has informed the development of the local CSE strategy in relation to prevention services and approaches. This will include development of the CSE Intervention service which provides targeted preventative and specialist work in practice with children/young people based on local and national evidence including how national materials have been adapted for local impact. This will also include local learning from the voice of the child/young person through their own feedback and case audits;
Consultation events and their impact such as a CSE Square Table event, through local Staying Safe Conferences and joint work with Not In Our Community (NIOC);
CSE awareness becoming embedded into PHSE/SRE lessons in schools utilising evidence based practice (both local and national).