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Sally-Ann Millar, Child Exploitation Manager Blog

Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Friday, March 27, 2020

 

Hi, I’m Sally and I have just joined the ESCB team as Child Exploitation Manager – a role I’m excited to get stuck into!

 

A little bit of background from me - I have worked with children and families for over twenty years, this includes children’s statutory safeguarding teams, residential settings and adults in the voluntary sector. I have particularly enjoyed working alongside children and their families, helping parents and carers to make the lives of their children safer.  I have also worked previously with children’s rights organisations and in a child and adolescent mental health team at the Tavistock Clinic. Young people have taught me a lot over the years about the importance of making a positive connection and building trust with each other. These are important values I am focused on within our interactions with one another so I am very excited about developing connections and forging close links with all partners during my time with the ESCB.

 

Over the coming year I’m hoping to be able to make an impact in supporting partners to review their Child Exploitation processes and improve their effectiveness. Another big priority for me is the co-ordination of partners to forge links and embed partnership working across the sector. And of course, continue the ongoing work around awareness raising, spotting the signs and preventing as many young people as possible becoming victims of exploitation.

 

I am currently working in partnership with Essex Police and other partners to develop a suite of measures (including training) to support our local hotels to strengthen their safeguarding processes.

 

The NWG are speaking at our upcoming Stay Safe Conferences, delivering a key note speech on Exploitation and the transition into adulthood, which is a key theme coming out of the CE Awareness Day – exploitation doesn’t stop just because someone turns 18.

 

Over the coming months I’m going to be busy meeting key contacts both locally and nationally to discuss the path forward to ensure prevention of child exploitation remains a key focus on the safeguarding agenda.

 

And finally, don’t forget we already have some brilliant resources available on the ESCB website child exploitation pages including:

 

We will be working on making the website information more streamlined, accessible and relevant over coming months. 

 

If you want to get in touch to discuss anything CE related you can contact me by email: Sally-Ann.Millar@essex.gov.uk