Child Exploitation

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The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership are supporting a pilot of a proposed Child Exploitation Regional Screening Tool. The screening tool has been updated to include both criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation and is available to all practitioners working with children and young people.

When completing the screening tool, practitioners are asked to take into consideration Right Help, Right Time, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education. Both the latter documents specifically refer to the broader issues around exploitation and taking a contextual safeguarding approach. Once completed, the screening tool should be attached to a Request for Support Form and submitted to the Children's Advice and Support Service via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

At the end of the pilot, feedback will be requested from exploitation leads within the city with the findings being used to inform future development of the screening tool.

The screening tool and guidance can be accessed via the links below:

  1. Exploitation Screening Tool (External BCT Agencies) – Click Here
  2. Child Exploitation Guidance - Click Here
  3. Police Intelligence Sharing Form (FIB) - Click Here (updated September 2021)
        FIB - Intelligence and Information Sharing Guidance
        Information Report to be sent through to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Child Sexual Exploitation Practice Guidance - Click Here
  5. West Midlands Metropolitan Area CSE Disruption Toolkit - Click Here

The combined CSE and CE procedures has brought together two separate procedures into one and looks to ensure that practitioners and wider agencies are aware of the referral process and underlying principles within the EMPOWER U hub. This document should be read in conjunction with the Hub service offer, ODOC and the LPDG processes.

LPDG :The Birmingham Community Safety Partnership’s local delivery meeting takes place every month in each locality area .A range of professionals attend this meeting (similar to COG) and the purpose of this meeting is to look at locations that are impacting negatively on the community, and high demand for partners and people. A data protected meeting with statutory partners is included within this meeting (a confidential section) and they will case manage an individual or group who are impacting on the community . This could include a group/gang of young people causing Anti-Social Behaviour – partners will problem solve the issue and decide what action is needed, this could include

  • Added engagement
  • Relevant Orders / warning letter/ injunctions, or it could be a household and therefore we could look at action by the landlord, warning/eviction etc.
    ODOC: One day One Conversation a monthly multi-agency meeting led by Youth Offending Services bringing together statutory and voluntary organisations responsible for the effective management of the cohort of young people who are considered suitable for an integrated offender management approach. Children exploited often form part of this cohort.
  1. ODOC Operating Guidance 2020 - Click Here
  2. Local Partnership Delivery Group Terms of Reference - Click Here
  3. Combined CSE CCE Procedure for Empower U Hub - Click Here

See Me, Hear Me Campaign -

The See Me Here Me Campaign was launched in June 2014, by Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull Councils along with West Midlands Police and other partners, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

The Campaign follows the development of the See Me Hear Me framework, which sets out how agencies across the West Midlands work together to prevent, respond to and support victims.

The framework was developed by the seven councils, West Midlands Police and partner organisations, including Barnardos and PACE and is based on recommendations from the Office of the Children's Commissioner.

Want to know more?

What to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused – please click here for the DfE Step by Step guide for frontline practitioners. 

Reviewed: 17.09.2020

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