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Creating Safety and Reducing Harm – New Toolkits from Children Safeguarding Partnerships

15-Oct-2020

   

 

The Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP) has recently announced an update to their Child Exploitation toolkits, designed to help agencies even further, working together to create safety and reduce harm.

The MSCP have reported that the Coronavirus global pandemic has meant that that there is an even greater risk of exploitation to children and young people online. Because of social distancing, many are spending more time than ever before on social media or chat platforms.

In response to this MSCP, working with the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership (KSCMP), have recently announced the release of new joint Child Exploitation Identification and Assessment tools which had been created by Kent and Medway with partner agencies.

MSCP say these tools replace the CSE toolkit previously used and include additional resource related to Child Exploitation.

The two tools and guidance related to these can be accessed at https://www.kscmp.org.uk/guidance/exploitation for Kent; and here Child Exploitation Tools for Medway.

The identification tool is designed to support professional judgement for those professionals who do not normally complete social care assessments.

The second tool, assessment and planning is an extension of the identification tool, as well as identifying if a child or young person is being exploited; helping professionals to draw out the analysis, identify the most appropriate methods of intervention and formulate a plan which reduces harm in the contexts it is occurring.

There are also training and workshops available about the new tools from both KSCMP (go to https://www.kscmp.org.uk/training/find-training-courses/child-exploitation to find out more), and from MSCP (go to https://www.medway.gov.uk/mscb/info/6/training/46/safeguarding-children-abused-sexual-exploitation-training-level-1 to find out more).

MSCP say the new tools are intended to improve how Kent and Medway disrupt exploitation and to help agencies work together to create safety and reduce harm.

MVA also provide resources d for individuals, communities and voluntary organisations that are helping in Medway during these unprecedented times.

For more information about the Identification and Assessment tools, visit the KSCMP website.

 


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