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Clare Livens, Child Exploitation Manager - Blog October 2018

Last updated by Chelsey Reynolds on Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Another three months have gone by and can you believe we are in the run up to ‘that time of year’? But before then we have plenty going on including new CSE forum dates to book yourself on to!


The forums are specifically for ESCB CSE Champions, giving you chance to meet and network with other Champions, and will cover:


  • National Referral Mechanism (NRM) & Trafficking
  • CSE and children with disabilities and special needs


Additionally, in response to feedback from CSE Champions at previous forums, the second part of the forum will cover a different specialist topic ranging from peer on peer abuse, online CSE and working with 7 – 11year olds. If you’re a CSE Champion you must attend one forum each year to maintain your champion status. Find out more and book a place on the ESCB website. If you’re interested in this, but aren’t yet a champion here’s how you can get involved and earn your champion status.


Although Anti-Slavery Day has been and gone (18th October) it’s good to remember the importance of making a referral for children and young people that you believe have been trafficked using the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – it is important to ensure there is liaison between social workers and police to provide a coordinated approach to this as they will act as the ‘first responder’ for any NRM referrals made.   Making an NRM referral is a crucial part of safeguarding and can provide a statutory defence for a young person who is a victim of criminal exploitation and is intended to ensure that any victim of human trafficking or modern slavery is identified and receives the appropriate support.  More information on Trafficking and Modern Slavery can be found on the ESCB website.


Sadly the exploitation of children is a growing problem and Essex is no exception. Even more worrying is that it is not just involving older children, primary age children are being drawn into exploitation. A letter has recently been sent, by Essex Police, to parents via primary schools to raise awareness of exploitation and the warning signs to look out for. In addition, Essex Police has launched a new hotline 01245 452058 which parents can call if they are worried. A team of Essex Police officers and staff are on standby to listen, help and offer advice. The line is open Monday to Friday 08:00-16:00 with a voicemail facility outside of these hours.


And finally, when working with parents don’t forget there are resources to help with these discussions around online safety and a parent/carer leaflet on CSE on the ESCB website


As always, please feel free to contact me to discuss anything within my blog or in relation to child exploitation., 07788303718