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1.6.2 Child Sexual Exploitation Operational Group: Roles and Responsibilities of Children’s Social Care

See also: Sexual Exploitation Risk Management Indicator.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in December 2014, when a link to the Sexual Exploitation Risk Management indicator was added (see above).


Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Further Information
  3. Children's Social Care: Roles and Responsibilities
  4. Referrals to the CSE Operational Group

    Appendix 1: CSE Operational Group Flowchart

    Appendix 2: Child Sexual Exploitation Operational Group Report


1. Purpose

The Child Sexual Exploitation Operational Group which meets monthly ensures a co-ordinated multi-agency response to high risk victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

It is imperative given the link between child sexual exploitation and safeguarding that Children's Social Care Social Work Teams:

  • Have an awareness of the CSE Operational Group;
  • Make appropriate referrals to CSE Operational Group;
  • Have a designated officer attending CSE Operational Group;
  • Co-ordinate information for and from CSE Operational Group which ensures children are safeguarded.


2. Further Information

The following guidance must be referred to and used in conjunction with this procedure where appropriate:


3. Children's Social Care: Roles and Responsibilities

There is a designated officer who is the representative of Children's Social Care at the CSE Operational Group. Their role is to ensure the flow of information through the organisation to and from the CSE Operational Group, in order that children and young people thought to be involved in or at risk of CSE are safeguarded. Currently the designated officer is the Team Manager, Children's Assessment Team (CAT), supported by an Advance Practitioner, Children's Assessment Team (CAT) and a Family Intervention Worker.

The CSE Operational Group flowchart (Appendix 1: CSE Operational Group Flowchart) demonstrates how information should be responded to when referrals to victims of CSE are to be considered at CSE Operational Group.

The Referral Information Co-ordinator, within the Children's Assessment Team (CAT), has a key role to check the child’s electronic record for historic information which will be presented at the CSE Operational Group by the designated officer.

Where the case is already open to an allocated social worker, they will be requested by the Referral Information Co-ordinator to provide a written update of the case. The allocated social worker is required to provide the requested information ahead of the CSE Operational Group meeting on the attached template. (See Appendix 2: Child Sexual Exploitation Operational Group Report).

Children’s Social Care Designated Officer will email the allocated social worker, copying in their line manager, the outcomes of the CSE Operational Group and any action required.


4. Referrals to the CSE Operational Group

If it is suspected a child may be at risk of  sexual exploitation, a referral to the CSE Operational Group can be made by completing the Child Sexual Exploitation Threshold Assessment Form. This should be sent via e-mail to:

fa.safeguarding@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

or

fa.ophandle@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk


Appendix 1: CSE Operational Group Flowchart

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Appendix 2: Child Sexual Exploitation Operational Group Report

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