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'A Safer Return' report explores the experiences of children who have been missing
Missing People have launched new research titled 'A Safer Return', which provides analysis of the value of return home interviews in identifying risk and ensuring returning missing children are supported.

Key findings include:

  • 1 in 7 (14%) of the children who completed return home interviews (RHIs) had been sexually exploited and nearly half disclosed high risk warning signs of sexual exploitation

  • Nearly 1 in 10 (8%) had been a victim of criminal or other forms of exploitation

  • 1 in 5 of the children and young people disclosed information about mental health issues, one in ten was at risk of self-harm and 4% were at risk of suicide.

And recommendations are:

  • All children should continue to be offered RHIs, regardless of police risk assessment level.

  • RHIs should be used as an opportunity for early identification of risks to address a range of different harms associated with missing.

  • All RHI services should include the opportunity for follow up support.

  • Findings from RHIs should be effectively shared, recorded and included in safety planning.

  • The Department for Education and Ofsted should provide more robust oversight to ensure that statutory guidance is adhered to.

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Wirral Safeguarding Childrens Board - Wirral Child Exploitation Profile

Latest Profile 

  • Board reviewing approach to publication of local profile (Summer 2019)

Previous Profiles

Wirral Safeguarding Board launches its new website as a local information and awareness hub
 (March 2016)
As well as containing news and information items the website is now the portal for professionals to apply for our multi-agency safeguarding training courses. Most of the training courses for 2016-17 have been added to the site and other courses will be added over the next few weeks. The website is designed to be a one stop shop for professionals, and for children, young people and adults to access safeguarding information and resources and it will be continually updated with new information. 

The children’s safeguarding performance information framework
This government framework sets out the nationally and locally collected data that will help local authorities assess the performance of their child protection and safeguarding services.

‘Listen to my Story’
Wirral Council and Merseyside Police and other partners launched in March 2015 ‘Listen to my Story’ a campaign to tackle the sensitive subject of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Although the numbers of children identified as being either at risk of, or actually being, sexually exploited, are relatively small, Wirral Council, Merseyside Police and partners want to be proactive in helping our residents be aware of the risks that children may meet, either face-to-face or virtually through social media and the internet. 

Child sexual exploitation: problems and solutions from the perspectives of young people and professionals. CASCADE research briefing No 3 (March 2015)
This briefing paper aims to help understand more about what child sexual exploitation (CSE) is and what can and should be done about it – from the perspectives of young people, and professionals who have a key role to play in identifying and responding to CSE. 

Real voices: Coffey report on child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester
The inquiry into child sexual exploitation has as a report, which prioritises the voices of children and young people. The inquiry examined changes made in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation since the Rochdale grooming case, and explores what more needs to be done.  

If only someone had listened – Office of the Childrens Commissioner Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups
In December 2013 the Office of the Children’s Commissioner published its final report of its two-year Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups. The Inquiry demonstrated the scale of sexual exploitation and violence that children and young people are suffering from perpetrators operating in both gangs and groups’. The report sets out a Framework for action – See Me, Hear me – based on the evidence received by the Inquiry. 

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