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Clare Livens, Child Exploitation Manager - October 2019 Blog

Last updated by on Friday, March 27, 2020


Violence and vulnerability are the big talking points over the previous quarter since my last blog in July.  Southend, Essex and Thurrock have invested significantly into the issues of evolving and growing modern slavery and trafficking associated with violent crime, drug networks, gangs and organised crime, these threats increasingly place contextual risks to children, young people and adults at risk who are seen as a commodity to such crimes.  In response, a Violence and Vulnerability Unit has been established across Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) and with the support of external funding streams such as from the Home Office, extensive work programmes and interventions are being developed and coordinated through the Units staff team; for example, peer led programmes, team around the worker models, and interventions tailored to individuals identified as most at risk.  This unit is also supported through a Violence and Vulnerability Operations Board and Strategic Leadership Board.  If you want to find out more about the work of the Unit you can contact:


Sam Grant (Violence and Vulnerability Project Manager)

James Pearson (Youth Offending Manager)

Jim White (Detective Inspector Essex Police)


The Violence and Vulnerability Operations Board are working on delivering a conference in early March to strategic leads across the partnership which will outline the work of the Unit and SET response to tackle violence and vulnerability over the coming years.  It will then be followed by a number of local conferences aimed at supporting the knowledge and skills of the children and adult’s frontline workforce - so please look out for dates on these later this year which will be advertised through the Essex Safeguarding Children Board website.


During September Essex Police have released a new Partner Information Sharing Submission Form for sharing information concerning incidents, events or people that can be researched/developed for a policing purpose; e.g. information relating to suspects for crime, threats, exploitation, gang activities, county lines etc. Intelligence for sharing on this form can come from a variety of sources, for example, something you have seen or heard, something that someone else has told you, etc. There is a helpful PowerPoint presentation offering guidance on completion available on the front page of the form to download. 


Finally, I would like to wish you all well and say goodbye and a massive thank you to all of those that I have worked with as I will be leaving the ESCB and Essex County Council at the end of November to take up a new post working within The Children’s Society.  It is new and exciting times, but I will very much miss working with some exceptional colleagues across Southend, Essex and Thurrock which have made working within Essex Safeguarding Children Board a privilege and extremely enjoyable.  The ESCB Child Exploitation Project Manager post will be advertised in due course as a continued secondment up to March 2021. 


As always if you have any questions or want to talk about any information in this blog, please feel free to contact me on