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Virtual Exploitation Events

Over the last few years multi-agency partners have come together in Portsmouth to deliver Exploitation Awareness Events in the community. Unfortunately at present, due to the Covid pandemic, we are unable to deliver in the same way but we are really keen to continue sharing these key messages with as many families as possible in the fight to tackle Child Exploitation in our city.

To support this the Missing, Exploitation & Trafficking (MET) operational group representatives will now be producing monthly 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.

Each month will have a different focus linked to child exploitation and we will be linking this with National campaigns. We ask that you support us by sharing these communications as widely as possible with your colleges and partner agencies. The more we talk and raise awareness, the more we prevent children & young people becoming victims of this abuse.

This month’s theme is Exploitation: criminal exploitation, county lines and knife crime.  To support this, please find attached:

  • Flyer with details of free training for the Childrens Workforce
  • Links to resources for direct work with children, young people, parents and carers
  • List of local Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing support services available for young people

Additional resources:

If you are concerned that a child is at risk of or is currently being exploited, please follow your organisation’s safeguarding policies and procedures. You can find the CERAF (child exploitation risk assessment framework tool) here along with further guidance and information.

We would welcome any feedback on where you have used this information to support children, young people and/or families so that we can celebrate the good news stories and help us understand where we can improve. Please can you  follow the link below to complete a short evaluation. Please ensure you anonymise any direct quotes (no DOB, name or address) and that parents, carers, children and young people consent to you sharing.