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Child Sexual Exploitation Monitoring Report

Meeting: 02/07/2020 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 84)

84 Overview and Scrutiny Task Group - Child Sexual Exploitation - Monitoring of Recommendations pdf icon PDF 190 KB

To receive and consider the report of the Deputy Chief Executive (enclosed).

Minutes:

Laura-Jean Taylor, Public Protection Team Leader presented the report of the Deputy Chief Executive which provided an update on the progress made in responding to the recommendations made by the overview and scrutiny task and finish group on tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) in August 2017.

 

The majority of the recommendations had been completed or were ongoing. These recommendations included training for the taxi trade which had been completed in 2017/18, online training available via Emerge, and all regulatory service officers had undergone the training. Work had also been undertaken in schools to raise CSE awareness and CSE Leads had been appointed in the borough’s high schools. Meetings with the police and with partnerships such as the Community Safety Partnership and PIVOT were taking place on a regular basis.

 

The only recommendation which had not been completed was the wider trade being invited to attend training as part of the CSE Awareness Week. On looking into this, officers recognised that this was not feasible due to the scope of the exercise. It was agreed that alternative ways to address this training gap of the wider licensing trade would be considered. Members suggested offering the training on a voluntary basis which they could book onto themselves.

 

While many of the original actions and recommendations had been implemented, it was important to note that many related to training and awareness raising. It was important that this continued to ensure that Officers and Members are aware of the risk of CSE and the processes that are in place to protect children. Work over the next twelve months would include:

 

a)    Refresher training for members of the Licensing and Public Safety Committee (this was due in July 2020 but will now be undertaken at a later date due to Covid-19).

b)    Awareness raising for Members about safeguarding and CSE (Member Learning Session)

c)    Continued development of the training for the taxi trade around CSE, including the introduction of online taxi trade knowledge test that covers CSE.

 

Members discussed work which had been undertaken in addressing the issue of exploitation of young boys in particular. In partnership with Inspire Youth Zone and the police, two sessions had taken place to address this. Six people attended the sessions and had been in regular contact since. It was agreed that a Member Learning Session be delivered as a refresher on CSE.

 

Members also discussed the issue of cyber exploitation. It was agreed that this be investigated and incorporated into the Community Safety Partnership Action Plan going forward.

 

Decision – That the update be noted.


Meeting: 19/03/2020 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 12.)

12. Overview and Scrutiny Task Group - Child Sexual Exploitation - Monitoring of Recommendations pdf icon PDF 190 KB

To receive and consider the report of the Deputy Chief Executive (enclosed).