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Telford & Wrekin – CSE Experience: A Local Response to a National Issue


Led by Tina Knight and Steve Hoskins, Telford & Wrekin Council, and DS Helen Gordos, West Mercia Police

Led by Tina Knight and Steve Hoskins, Telford & Wrekin Council, and DS Helen Gordos, West Mercia Police

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  • 1. Telford & Wrekin – CSE Experience A Local Response to a National Issue DS Helen Gordos Tina Knight Steve Hoskins
  • 2. CSE National Picture • • • • National context CSE is a problem all over the UK (and the world) Children as young as ten are targeted 17,727 sexual crimes against children under 16 were recorded in England and Wales in 2010/11 (NSPCC data) • One in six children aged 11-17 have experienced sexual abuse (NSPCC data) • Perpetrators come from all ethnic, religious and social backgrounds. • Men, women and some young people are perpetrators of CSE.
  • 3. 1990s - 2007 • • • • • • • Attitudes/Awareness start of journey Youth Service Professionals identifying CSE Cluster Influence Practitioner Influence Multi Agency Meetings (CATE Meetings) Senior Officer Meetings
  • 4. CATE Project • CATE Beginnings • Scale of the problem • Complexities of working with Young People • Need for Multi Agency operational response.
  • 5. West Mercia Police Operation Chalice • Sexual exploitation, internal trafficking and on street grooming • Trafficking of young females within Telford, the West Midlands and the North of England for sexual purposes by British Pakistani men living within Telford • First reports – 2008, investigation began in September 2009 • Dedicated team of officers, over 50 in the early stages.
  • 6. Results Mubarek Ali 14 years Ahdel Ali 18 years PROTECT INVESTIGATION
  • 7. Results Mohammed Ali SULTAN 7 years Tanveer AHMED 2 years & 6 months
  • 8. Results Mohammed CHOUDREY 2 years 6 months Marhoof KHAN 30 months
  • 9. West Mercia Police Complainants / Victims • They are vulnerable, crave attention, secretive and chaotic • They do not see themselves as victims & became complicit in offences • They are infatuated by the suspects – on going contact with offenders • They placed themselves continually at risk because this had become a normal way of life • As such AN INNOVATIVE MULTI AGENCY RESPONSE is needed.
  • 10. Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board CATE Care Pathway • Coming Together formal strategic and operational response • Learning Influences • New & Bold approach • Nature of CSE
  • 11. West Mercia Police Learning: • Multi Agency approach imperative. Clear Process. • Departmental ownership of CSE • Specialist response to investigations • Front Line Officer Training: Clear guidance • Ability to Problem Profiling
  • 12. Mainstreaming 3 Strands: Prevention Protection Prosecution
  • 13. Bravery Indicators Multi Agency Partnerships strategic and Operational Practitioner Power Key Messages Pulling together of skills & expertise November 2011 Wider than Chalice, not just girls Mainstreaming the 3 Ps Prevention Protection Prosecution
  • 14. Useful references Key Guidance driving policy and procedures include: • Tackling Sexual Exploitation Action Plan – Department of Education ACPO Guidance • http://www.acpo.police.uk/documents/crime/2012/201 210CSEplan.pdf • Home Office circular 008 / 2009 New government guidance to protect children from sexual exploitation • The Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s (OCC) Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation In Gangs and Groups Interim report 2012. • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 and the Children Act provide the National legislative framework within which all services including CSE operate. • University of Bedfordshire study: Oct 2011: