Modern slavery and human trafficking
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has published a summary of the number of potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2017. Figures show that in 2017 the NRM received 2118 referrals of potential victims who were under the age of 18, an increase of 66% on the previous year, due in part to an increase in county lines gang exploitation referrals included within labour exploitation and unaccompanied asylum seeking children figures.
Resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour in schools
The Contextual Safeguarding Network at the University of Bedfordshire has created a range of resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour. Resources include: a traffic-light tool for self- assessment; a series of five webinars that explain how to use the tool; and a spreadsheet to record the scores of self-assessment.
Source: Contextual Safeguarding Network
Multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours
There is a need for a multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) which has been developed by NSPCC in partnership with The Lucy Faithful Foundation, Action for Children and Barnardo’s, and other experts in HSB. The framework focuses on five key elements including: responses to children and young people who display HSB; prevention, identification and early assessment; effective assessment and referral pathways; interventions; and workforce development.
Further information: NSPCC: Harmful sexual behaviour framework
The NSPCC has revealed that more than 1,300 cases of sexual communication with a child have been recorded in the six months following the introduction of the new offence, Sexual Communication with a Child. Before the new law was introduced in April 2017, police couldn’t intervene until groomers met young people in person.
The NSPCC has found that girls aged 12–15 were the most likely to be targeted, but that some children were as young as seven. The charity has called for the government and social media companies to use existing technology to identify grooming behaviour and set up anti-grooming alerts for young people and moderators.
Further details, here.