Working together to enhance police responses to child sexual exploitation and related vulnerabilities
One of the top themes identified by the initial strategic needs analysis undertaken by staff from the CSE & Policing Knowledge Hub was the issue of effectively engaging with young people affected by CSE, other forms of CSA and related vulnerabilities. As a result the Hub established an ‘Experts by Experience’ (EBE) group. These are young people from across the country who participated with us in a number of activities since the Spring to look at how the police can improve their safeguarding responses to young people. In October, this work culminated in a residential in the Lake District, where some of the EBE came together with officers from across the country to take this work forward and create solutions to some of the previously identified challenges. The aim of residential was to develop practical solutions to improve police responses to young people affected by safeguarding issues.
Since the residential, the EBE and police officers have been working together on a project entitled Marginal Gains. As part of the project the EBE and police co-developed resources for police designed to enhance police engagement with young people and improve safeguarding responses.
Below you can view and download these fantastic resources. Please share these with your police colleagues.
The products include a poster for police officers outlining small steps the police can take to improve engagement with young people and a short film which considers how police officers can support young people who require a safeguarding response, following their experiences of child sexual exploitation.
Marginal Gains Poster