Special Edition Safeguarding Newsletter
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National Child Sexual Exploitation Day
18th March 2019
Dear Colleague
The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

The National Working Group has chosen 5 key messages for this year's CSE Awareness Day:

1. Exploitation is about more than just CSE, think about criminal exploitation, county lines, trafficking and modern slavery

2. Families can be safeguarding partners

3. The time to build relationships with children and families is crucial.

4. Exploitation and its impact doesn't stop because you turn 18

5. Communities can tackle exploitation

For more information go to the NWG website: www.nwgnetwork.org

Devon & Cornwall police are supporting the campaign. Follow the link to their website which has information on CSE and a range of resources/useful contacts.


Reporting concerns to/sharing information with the police:

If you believe a child is vulnerable or being exploited can use the form below to provide intelligence or information that you think Devon and Cornwall Police should be aware of. If you've witnessed something that could be relevant to vulnerability or exploitation do not ignore it, please report it. Intelligence submitted via this form could include a variety of points such as; information about a concerning incident, suspicious activity, an unusual exchange between two or more people or something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

When supplying information please provide as much detail as possible. (Full names, addresses and dates of birth whenever known, descriptions, vehicle registration details, telephone numbers). Anything that can assist the police in identifying the people and places involved or developing the information further. Indeed if you know the identity of the person(s) or place please ensure that is included to make our response as effective as possible.
In most cases you won't be given updates on what has happened with the submission.

Please remember that this isn't a referral form and does not replace any pre-existing referral or statutory safeguarding procedures. Always call 999 if there is an emergency, a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. 

You can access the form here or by copying this URL https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact-forms/partner-agency-information-sharing-form/

The Childen's Society have created a guide to intelligence which some may find useful.

The Multi Agency Child Sexual Exploitation meeting known as a MACSE is changing from the 1st March 2019 to the Multi Agency Child Exploitation meeting also known as MACE. 

This meeting will cover all forms of child exploitation including sexual, criminal (County Lines), economic and modern slavery.   

The MACE meeting exists to ensure that agencies work together effectively and consistently to identify risk, prevent and disrupt the exploitation of children. These panels support disruption activity and are not to replace early help or statutory services working individually with children and families . 

MACE will now consider young people up to the age of 21 and will identify and discuss locations and persons of concern.  Individual children will only be discussed when there is a need for a focused discussion regarding prevention and disruption of networks and associations linked to exploitation.

There are three meetings across the County which cover; North, South, and Exeter & Mid & East. 

To make a submission please fill in the Child Exploitation Assessment, or persons and locations of concern and submit to the MACE mailbox
Additional information on all of the above can be found on the DCFP website:  Devon Children and Families Partnership . You can also gain information on the Exploitation Toolkit on the Safer Devon website Safer Devon 

If you have an immediate emergency concern contact 999. If you have a significant safeguarding concern regarding a particular child, please submit a referral to MASH (( making a MASH Referral) ). If you are concerned please ensure the child gets support at the earliest opportunity through Early Help . 

DCFP MACE Guidance 2019
MACE Terms of Reference

Beverley Dubash
Head of Safeguarding & Vulnerable Groups
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