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Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership has worked with the LSCPs in Southampton, Hampshire and Isle of Wight (HIPS) and Barnardos Hampshire to produce a Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) Information Guide.

Exploitation as referred to in this information guide covers criminality, modern slavery (both within the UK and from abroad), trafficking and sexual exploitation.

The purpose of the Information Guide is to:

  • Ensure that the Police, local authorities, education settings, health establishments and other agencies work together effectively and share a consistent approach to tackling these child protection issues
  • Formalise the exchange of information between agencies
  • Provide a framework for the identification of risk
  • Establish a quality assurance process to monitor and evaluate arrangements

The HIPS MET Information Guide should be read in conjunction with Portsmouth’s MET Strategy. This strategy is supplementary to the information guide and sets out the vision and ambition in Portsmouth; what our data tells us are the key priority areas to address; what services are available in Portsmouth to support delivery against this strategy; and what the governance arrangements are in order to monitor delivery against this strategy so that the Board is able to articulate what difference it is having for improving outcomes for children.

Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework (CERAF) – September 2020

A new CERAF and accompanying guidance has been developed and agreed across all four of the HIPS LSCP areas. Professionals should use it with any child who is thought to be at risk of or known to be at risk of one or more forms of exploitation.  A One Minute Guide has also been produced to support both Multi Agency Partners and Portsmouth Children & Families social workers with this process.

For certain agencies (see criteria on form) that have time limited contact with children (13-17), please access the shortened version to quickly help to identify children at risk of sexual exploitation.

If anyone is uncertain of the CERAF process please contact the Portsmouth MET (Missing, Exploited, Trafficked) Co-ordinator on 023 9268 8593 or email

Virtual Exploitation Events

The Missing, Exploitation & Trafficking (MET) operational group representatives are producing regular communications, sign posting you to helpful resources to support your work with parents, carers, children and young people. We will also include details of training opportunities available to support your professional development in this area of work.  Click here for more information.

Home Office Child Exploitation Toolkit

The Home Office has produced a child exploitation disruption toolkit that you may find useful. This toolkit is primarily aimed at frontline staff working to safeguard children and young people under the age of 18 from sexual and criminal exploitation. This includes law enforcement, social care, housing, education, the voluntary sector and related partner organisations.
It is intended to help all safeguarding partners to understand and access existing legislative opportunities at their disposal and to target specific risks, ranging from warning notices to offence charges and care orders.

CSE messages from research

The Centre for expertise on child sexual abuse has published a series of briefing papers bringing together messages from research on child sexual exploitation (CSE) with implications for practice and strategic commissioning. The briefing paper’s aim is to increase professionals’ confidence in taking appropriate action based on the best current research evidence and cover professionals in school settings; multi-agency working; staff working in health settings; and commissioning health care services.

The PSCP was involved with Operation Make Safe at the Portsmouth Guildhall on 26/27 September 2016.  Please follow this link to access the  presentation and the posters that explain to pubs, taxi drivers and hotels the warning signs to look for.

Criminal Exploitation

Children and young people may also be vulnerable to other forms of exploitation, such as criminal exploitation.  To help those working with children the Department for Education has written the following guidance to help you recognise the signs and respond appropriately: Criminal Exploitation of Children: County Lines Guidance

‘Are you listening’ is a powerful three-minute film produced by Affixxius Films with Leicestershire Police. It is a reminder of the dangers of online grooming and exploitation. The impacts of CCE are complex and many children caught up in it do not see themselves as victims. But it is vital that others see them in this way and get help and support. Children are also often reluctant to speak up when in trouble so this film encourages those around them to be aware of the signs which could indicate young people are in danger.

You may also find the following useful: Moving Drugs and Cash Along County Lines – What we know about the Exploitation of Children and Young People by Criminal Gangs and Networks

Portsmouth has produced a one minute guide on County Lines and Child Criminal Exploitation that you may find useful.

The Children’s Society has produced a guide to highlight the different stages of recruitment to criminal exploitation and can also help identify children who may be being groomed.  The Children’s Society has also produced some leaflets for parents that explain criminal exploitation and what to do if they’re worried their child may be a victim of this. They have been produced in English, Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Portugese and Somali, and are a useful resource to share with family members.

Community partnership information (CPI)

Hampshire police would like partner agencies to submit intelligence on CPI Form to ensure we build intelligence cases on perpetrators who are exploiting children, and to ensure that the police have accurate information to safeguard children when for instance they go missing.  Please click here for further information.

Guidance on Tackling Knife Crime

Hampshire Constabulary has devised some guidance for schools & colleges detailing how you can get involved and develop ways to reduce and prevent knife crime – consisting of advice, ideas and lesson resources. The guidance aims to support you with exploring steps you could consider implementing to tackle knife crime and reduce the threat and risk of harm posed to young people and the community.