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March 2024 e:bulletin

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Welcome to the NYSCP March 2024 edition of our e-bulletin

This month we are proud to support the National Working Group to highlight the National Child Exploitation awareness raising day on 18th March 2024.

2024 marks the 10th anniversary of #CEADay and we want to make this the biggest and best yet!

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of children and young people being abused through exploitation and encourage as many people as possible to talk about it, ‘Spot the signs’, and to start some vital conversations.

Across North Yorkshire we will be holding a weeklong awareness raising campaign with key messages being shared across our social media channels. We will also be holding a cross partnership programme of learning for professionals. There will be free online masterclass sessions delivered by partners throughout the week, exploring a wide variety of exploitation themes. NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

The Partnership will also use this week to proudly launch the new Multi-Agency and Child Exploitation Strategy (2024-2027). Sharing the vision and key strategic priorities to tackle exploitation. This will be launched in a masterclass event on 20th March https://www.nyes.info/Event/210613

In this month’s bulletin we will share lots of useful information in relation to Child Exploitation; from resources and training for professionals, to key links you can share with parents/carers, children and young people and wider communities.

Let’s use this opportunity to get talking about Child Exploitation across all communities in North Yorkshire! Let’s make sure everyone knows the signs and how to share concerns so we can all work in partnership to stop it happening.

Kathryn Morrison, Policy and Development Officer (NYSCP) – Kathryn.morrison@northyorks.gov.uk


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Child Exploitation Awareness Day 2024 – Get involved!

You can help us by:

  • Posting CEADay24 content on your social media accounts (suggested content is available here: NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)
  • Write and share a @Helping Hands’ pledge to show support for the campaign using the hashtags #CEADay24 #Cenomorein24 #Helpinghands
  • Follow NYSCP (@NYSCP1) on X, Instagram and Facebook and share CEADay24 posts on your accounts and get messages out across your networks.
  • Join our free Exploitation Learning events across the week and share the sessions with colleagues so they can attend too.
  • Mobilise colleagues by sharing links to the campaign page and asking them to join you in supporting the CEADay24 campaign. Share with other professionals, as well as young people, families, residents’ communities, and businesses across North Yorkshire.
  • Promote and share our poster for the North Yorkshire BeAware Knowledge Hub – display across community spaces.
  • Add our email our email banner to you signature to promote BeAware
  • Free downloads of posters/email banners etc can be accessed here: NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

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Child Exploitation Training

Alongside the learning sessions that are available to support CEADay24 NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk) there is also lots of other training related to child exploitation that is available.

Pre-Recorded NYSCP Learning:

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership have a wealth of pre-recorded masterclass sessions on our YouTube channel covering a wider variety of safeguarding themes.  (2) NYSCP – YouTube

There are currently several which cover exploitation topics including:

Modern Slavery

NYSCP Podcast: My busting Modern Slavery

Child Exploitation, Contextual Safeguarding and County Lines

Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Working Together to Disrupt Child Exploitation in North Yorkshire.

Multi Agency Child Exploitation Face to Face Development Sessions:

Following the success of last year’s face to face MACE development sessions (which were attended by roughly 150 partners), the sessions will return in June and July 2024. Feedback from last year was very positive, with partners sharing that the welcomed the opportunity to meet MACE partners face to face to build relationships, reflect on local issues and share good practice.

Following partner feedback, the sessions will focus discussions on Online exploitation and will welcome a presentation from the Children’s Society on the Digital Lives of Children. There will also have input from specialist social workers, police exploitation team and the MACE policy and Development officer/contextual safeguarding officer.

The session will allow for partners to reflect on the new MACE strategy and implications for practice, and there will be opportunities for partners to discuss and reflect on local contextual issues.

These events are open to MACE partners and those who are signed up to the MACE confidentiality agreement. For those wider partners who would like to attend and are not signed up to the confidentiality agreement, please contact MACE@northyorks.gov.uk for confirmation.

Northallerton: 26th June 2024 (9:15am – 1pm)

Harrogate: 27th June 2024 (9:15am – 1pm)

Scarborough: 1st July 2024 (09:15am – 1pm)

National Learning:

Alongside the free learning events delivered by the partnership to highlight CEADay24 there are a series of free national learning events.

#LookCloser

Programme of Learning February – March 2024

The Children’s Society Prevention Team are delighted to invite you to join us for our latest #LookCloser programme of learning. We have developed our sessions based on learning from The Children’s Society and wider partners to tackle the issues of child exploitation and abuse. All sessions are free of charge and delivered on Microsoft Teams Live.

Details of sessions available: NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

To find out more about the #LookCloser campaign: #LookCloser To Spot Exploitation | The Children’s Society (childrenssociety.org.uk)

Barnardo’s ICTG Service have a running programme of awareness sessions covering topics relevant to trafficking and exploitation. For further information and to book, please visit Training – NCTC – Barnardo’s

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CEADay24 Resources

National Working Group have developed a pack to support CEADay24 where you will find free downloads, social media images, resources, helpful links and key messages to help you make YOUR awareness-raising as impactful as possible. National Child Exploitation Awareness Day 2024 #CEADay24 (cloud.microsoft)

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Child Exploitation Resources

Resources for Professionals: NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

As part of the Be Aware knowledge Hub NYSCP have developed and hosts a series of North Yorkshire Centric and appropriate national resources to provide information, raise awareness and develop knowledge across all areas of child exploitation. The page also includes:

 Resources for parents and carers:

The BeAware Hub has a section designed with parents and carers to share information and resources for them around child exploitation and keeping children safe. From understanding what exploitation is, to spotting the signs and knowing where to go for help. We’ve also added useful section with guides and information for parents and carers to have conversations about exploitation and keeping safe – which can be such a vital tool in prevention. NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

Resources for children and young people:

The Young people’s page was designed with young to focus on the key information they wanted to know about exploitation. There’s lots of useful information about keeping safe, knowing the signs and who they can go to for help NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

Resources for communities and local businesses:

Communities are often the eyes and ears of what is happening locally, and its vital that they are aware of what exploitation is, what the signs are and how they can report concerns. There is lots of information aimed at specific business sectors, as well as what you can do if you think a young person has run away. NYSCP (safeguardingchildren.co.uk)

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VKPP launch National Analysis of Police-Recorded Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) Crimes Report 2022

VKPP launch National Analysis of Police-Recorded Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) Crimes Report 2022 | Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme

For the first time, a new report from the Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) sets out publicly a clear, detailed picture of reported Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE) crimes across England and Wales.

Based on datasets collected from 42 police forces, this national snapshot gives insight and analysis into the scale and nature of CSAE, trends in offending, including crime types, where they were committed, and presents profiles of both victims and perpetrators.

The analysis sets out the consistent growth in CSAE reported to police with 107,000 crimes reported to policing a figure that has risen significantly in the last ten years ago. More than half of CSAE offences were committed by children, a significant increase from what was previously known. The report also shows that over a third of CSAE contact crimes take place within the family environment. Group-based CSAE accounts for 5% of all identified and reported CSAE.

It is known that there is significant under-reporting of these crimes, but policing recognises the value of presenting a known baseline of recorded abuse and harm taking place against children, to inform future understanding.

Watch a short animation which describes some of the key findings and insight from the report.

Key findings from National Analysis of Police Recorded CSAE Crimes Report 2022 (youtube.com)

The full report can be accessed here:

National Analysis of Police-Recorded Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation (CSAE) Crimes Report – January 2022 to December 2022 (vkpp.org.uk)

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32 arrested in 48 hours in County Lines crackdown

Commissioner Zoë raises awareness of North Yorkshire Police’s great work to keep people safe and feeling safe. 

North Yorkshire Police work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep you, your family and your community safe and feeling safe. 

And for the vast majority of the time their work will go unnoticed unless it has a direct impact on you. 

Recently North Yorkshire Police arrested 32 people within 48 hours as part of a national operation to disrupt county lines drug dealing and safeguard vulnerable people. 

Please watch the news report from BBC Look North to find out more: https://www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk/news/medusa/

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North Yorkshire Youth Directory

North Yorkshire Youth have created an A-Z of activities and projects for young people in each of the 7 areas of North Yorkshire, a useful resource for young people, parents, and professionals.

These are updated regularly, and they are keen to keep adding to them, please contact the local youth development worker if you know of any additions or changes.

Youth Directories | North Yorkshire Youth (nyy.org.uk)

North Yorkshire Youth are looking to grow their Buddy network across the locality. If you would like to know more information about becoming a NYY Buddy please follow the below link for further information:

Buddy Network | North Yorkshire Youth (nyy.org.uk)

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Fearless

Fearless is the dedicated youth service of the independent charity Crimestoppers. They give young people the power to report crime 100% anonymously.

You can give information to Fearless using their online form or by calling the freephone number, 0800 555 111.  Fearless cannot track your IP address or your phone number. They have no way of knowing who has contacted them.

After receiving your completed form or your call, they create a report, ensuring it doesn’t contain any info that could identify you, and your report is then sent on to the relevant authority with the legal responsibility to investigate.

Fearless are not the police. They are a charity. You will not be contacted by the police after passing information on to Fearless as the police have no way of knowing who the information has come from.

On their website there is lots of useful information for young people, parents/carers and professionals around:

  • How to talk to young people about reporting crime
  • Information about crime types
  • Snitching Vs Reporting

Follow the below link for access to the site and the professionals page where you can gain access to free user guides and booklets:

Give information about crime 100% anonymously | Fearless | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)

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Teaching Children about Vaping

The Exchange has developed these lessons with Drug Science to equip teachers to talk about vaping in the classroom. All of these are freely accessible, and we encourage teachers to use these to enable a classroom debate on whether the UK government should ban disposable vapes.

https://www.drugscience.org.uk/teaching-children-about-vaping/

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Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel – Annual Report

This is the fourth annual report from the independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

It looks at the child safeguarding system, based on serious child safeguarding incidents occurring between January 2022 and March 2023.

It sets out patterns in practice for national government and local safeguarding partners to better protect vulnerable children.

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2022 to 2023 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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MSc Advanced Child Protection Studies programme

This Masters programme has been designed for any professional involved in child protection and safeguarding work. It is a multi-disciplinary, online, distance learning, programme, so can be studied around work commitments.

The link with more information about it is: www.birmingham.ac.uk/childprotection

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Child Exploitation Conference

Learn through Lived Experience in Manchester on the 18th March

Join with colleagues from across the country to learn from parents with lived experience of child sexual and criminal exploitation. Improve how you safeguard children at risk of exploitation, share barriers you are facing and develop creative responses you can apply in your role. This will be a safe learning environment where you can learn from parents and your peers how to support families affected by child exploitation from risk through to recovery.

Book your place

Parents with lived experience of child exploitation will host workshops throughout the day with specific focuses in the following areas:

  • SEND, neurodiversity and education
  • Intersectionality
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Transitional safeguarding
  • Barriers with current safeguarding processes

There will be opportunities throughout the day to hear from, and connect with agencies and colleagues across the country who are using different approaches to safeguarding children at risk.

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Alfie Steele: A Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review

A Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (LCSPR) [previously a Serious Case Review] was initiated after the murder of nine-year old Alfie in February 2021 by Dirk Howell, the partner of Alfie’s mother, Carla Scott. In June 2023 Howell was convicted of murder and child cruelty and was jailed for life with a minimum of 32 years. Scott was convicted of manslaughter and child cruelty and jailed for 27 years with a minimum 17-year term. 

The review (which contains distressing content) can be downloaded here: CSPR-Worcestershire-Alfie.pdf (safeguardingworcestershire.org.uk)

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NWG – A new directory to help family and friends of people arrested for online sexual offending access support

Many of the people arrested have children of their own or contact with children in their wider family. Compared to people convicted of other forms of sexual offending, research suggests that people who view sexual images of under-18s are more likely to be married and have children.

To help these families, we’ve teamed up with other child protection organisations and law enforcement agencies, including the NWG Network, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, Marie Collins Foundation and the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

NWG have produced an easy-access service directory to guide partners or family members of people who have been arrested for viewing sexual images of under-18s to find support and information.

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