Key Points
  • Contextual safeguarding and mapping local risks
  • Developing a consistent response to reports of CCE and utilising the National Referral Mechanism
  • Embedding effective multi-agency partnerships
  • Learning from recent cases involving trafficking and modern slavery legislation
  • Building trust with victims, siblings and parents


Overview
Expert Speakers Include

  • Ann Coffey MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults
  • Detective Superintendent Tim Champion , NPCC Silver Lead, National County Lines Co-ordinator Centre (NCLCC)
  • Dr Lauren Wroe, Research Fellow, The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking, University of Bedfordshire The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking
  • Representative with a personal insight into County Lines, Stop and Prevent Adolescent Exploitation (SPACE)
  • Megan Hatton, Rescue and Response Operations Manager, Rescue and Response Project, Brent Council
  • Jayne Horan,Greater Manchester Complex Safeguarding Lead
  • Junior Smart, Founder, St Giles Trust SOS and SOS+ Project

    “Preventing and responding to child criminal exploitation and sexual exploitation are big challenges for agencies and professionals nationally and locally. It can be done, but agencies must ensure that they have the building blocks in place to work effectively and quickly.” Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England Keeping kids safe - Improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and criminal exploitation – February 2019

    Child criminal exploitation is on the rise. The Children’s Commissioner estimates there are at least 46,000 children in England who are involved in gang activity. It is estimated that around 4,000 teenagers in London alone are being exploited through child criminal exploitation. The National Crime Agency recently reported that 88% of police forces are dealing with county lines activity with over 2000 lines operating nation-wide*

    Westminster Insight’s national conference will explore the current guidance and innovative best practice to help local agencies prevent child criminal exploitation, support victims and disrupt and prosecute perpetrators.

    Join with colleagues from local authorities, police, health and the voluntary and community sector to hear the latest national and local perspectives on how to successfully prevent and tackle child criminal exploitation in your community.

    Tackling child criminal exploitation requires a step change in thinking which sets out to identify, protect and support exploited children. Perpetrators often groom children and young people from outside the family home. Victims may not be known to local agencies as potentially being at risk of harm. Victims are often perceived as criminals, when they have been exploited and need support to exit their involvement in illegal activities. Many children are unaware that they are being exploited, due to the tactics employed by perpetrators.

    *National Crime Agency

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Ann Coffey MP Chair of the APPG for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults; Secretary of the APPG for Abused and Neglected Children

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10:00 - 10:40
Tackling and Disrupting the Exploitation of Children and Young People

 
  • Key facts and the scale of the problem
  • Vulnerabilities and signs of exploitation
  • Practical tips and recommendations for professionals working with  victims of exploitation
  • How the Children’s Society is striving to change the system of exploitation
  • Update on the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme
10.30 - 10.40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Natasha Chopra Disrupting Exploitation Service Manager - London, The Children’s Society

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10:40 - 11:10
Strengthening the National Response to County Lines

 
The NCA estimates there are around 2000 county lines gangs in the UK, and every police force in England and Wales is affected by their activity.

The National County Lines Co-ordinator Centre (NCLCC) are working with police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs)to disrupt networks and put an end to violence and exploitation of children and young people.  Paul Williamson, Director of Investigations and County Lines Lead, National Crime Agency (NCA)will present:

  • The national intelligence picture - mapping the threat of county lines structures
  • Results of operations to date
  • Deepening partnerships with non-law enforcement organisations in health, welfare and education
  • Supporting cross-border efforts to tackle county lines Next steps – virtual hub of partners, data sharing and analysis
11.00 - 11.10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Paul Williamson Director of Investigations and County Lines Lead, National Crime Agency (NCA)

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11:10 - 11:40
Networking Tea and Coffee

 

11:40 - 12:10
Reflections and Recommendations from Serious Case Review – Chris (2018 - Newham Safeguarding Children Board)

 
In 2018, a Serious Case Review was commissioned by Newham Safeguarding Children Board following a notification of the death of Chris, a fourteen year old boy.  Chris was shot at close range in Newham and died later in hospital, with his family around him, after his life support was turned off. There are multiple indicators that Chris was subjected to gang violence, or threats of, and criminal exploitation linked to the illegal supply of drugs. 

This session will examine the lessons learned from this tragic case and how individuals and agencies are working to improve, both individually and collectively, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Newham.

12.00 - 12.10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Nicky Hill Lead Reviewer and Independent Report Author

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12:10 - 12:30
Best Practice in Responding to Reports of County Lines and Working with the Police to Prosecute Perpetrators

 
  • Identification of victim and suspect in a county lines context
  • Utilising the National Referral Mechanism to provide a consistent response
  • Learning from recent cases involving trafficking and modern slavery legislation
  • Understanding the process for mapping exploited children

Speakers

Detective Superintendent Tim Champion NPCC Silver Lead, National County Lines Co-ordinator Centre (NCLCC)

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12:30 - 13:00
Parents as Partners in Exploitation Safeguarding

 
Many risk factors for child criminal exploitation come from outside the family homeYet parents frequently report challenges in reporting safeguarding concerns about their child social care and the police. This session will examine how parents and professionals can work together to improve safeguarding responses and help to lead children out of exploitation before the situation escalates. This session will examine:

  • Challenging stereotypes – responding appropriately to parents’ legitimate concerns
  • How to improve the quality and outcomes of conversations and meetings with parents
  • Being aware of when the child is repeating language of the groomer and displaying groomed behaviours
  • Building trust with victims of exploitation and their families
12.50 - 13.00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Founder (with a personal insight into County Lines), Stop and Prevent Adolescent Exploitation (SPACE)

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13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:25
Improving Responses to Missing Episodes Linked to Gang Exploitation

 


  • Good practice in return interviews after missing incidents – content, identifying risk of exploitation, pathways for sharing and referral
  • Learning from the Islington model 
  • Data collection, analysis and charting
  • Effectively mapping missing episodes relating to gang exploitation
  • Cross referencing data concerning out of borough arrests, missing incidents and information from youth and social workers
14.20 - 14.25 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Megan Hatton Rescue and Response Operations Manager,Brent Council

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Farah Dadabhoy Rescue and Response Analyst (County Lines), Brent Council

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14:25 - 14:55
Developing an Effective, Multi- Agency Co-ordinated Approach to Tackling Complex Safeguarding

 
  • The Manchester Complex Safeguarding Hub – changing the way public services understand and respond to complex safeguarding risks
  • Evidence based learning from the Achieving Change Together pilot
  • Working collaboratively to: signpost to the correct service,  undertake specialist assessments,  build trusted relationships,  deliver interventions to reduce risk and increase resilience
14.50 - 14.55 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Jayne Horan Greater Manchester Complex Safeguarding Lead

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14:55 - 15:20
Building Resilience and Preventing Children from Becoming Exploited and Involved in Crime and Serious Youth Violence

 
  • Success and failure factors of various interventions
  • Developing confidence and self worth - debunking myths and stereotypes around crime, weapons, gangs and related issues
  • Equipping young people with practical tools and strategies and encouraging them to stay involved in positive activities
15.15 - 15.20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Junior Smart Founder, SOS Project, St Giles Trust

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15:20 - 16:00
Sharing Learning of the Benefits of a Contextual Safeguarding System – Hackney Pilot

 
  • Principles of practice for a contextual safeguarding system
  • Understanding the dynamics at play in extra-familial settings
  • Embedding CS in planning structures
  • Contextual Safeguarding Implementation Toolkit
15.50 - 16.00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr Lauren Wroe The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking, Research Fellow, University of Bedf

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16:00 - 16:00
Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Detective Superintendent Tim Champion NPCC Silver Lead, National County Lines Co-ordinator Centre (NCLCC)

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Founder (with a personal insight into County Lines), Stop and Prevent Adolescent Exploitation (SPACE)

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Natasha Chopra Disrupting Exploitation Service Manager - London, The Children’s Society

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Ann Coffey MP Chair of the APPG for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults; Secretary of the APPG for Abused and Neglected Children

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Farah Dadabhoy Rescue and Response Analyst (County Lines), Brent Council

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Megan Hatton Rescue and Response Operations Manager,Brent Council

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Nicky Hill Lead Reviewer and Independent Report Author

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Jayne Horan Greater Manchester Complex Safeguarding Lead

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Junior Smart Founder, SOS Project, St Giles Trust

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Paul Williamson Director of Investigations and County Lines Lead, National Crime Agency (NCA)

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Dr Lauren Wroe The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking, Research Fellow, University of Bedf

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Venue details

Central London


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