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The Picture in Hampshire

The issue of missing, exploited and/or trafficked children is a national problem, with one or more elements being present in every town and city across the UK. Therefore, HSCB remains focussed on preventing, identifying and responding to issues of MET within Hampshire and always being vigilant. There is a culture of professionals and agencies being able to think the unthinkable, challenge fixed views and work in different ways to respond to the new techniques being used to identify, groom and exploit vulnerable children.

For HSCB, all under 18s should be referred to as children because this reinforces the vulnerability of those at risk of exploitation.

HSCB has developed a Missing Exploited & Trafficked Children Strategy outlining our collective response to these issues in Hampshire.

The effectiveness and implementation of multi-agency plans and arrangements to tackle child sexual exploitation is monitored by HSCB’s Strategic MET Subgroup, which meets bi-monthly to deliver outcomes against the strategy and associated action plan. Task and Finish Groups are also commissioned to undertake specific pieces of work.

HSCB has overall responsibility for ensuring there is a co-ordinated multi-agency response to issues of missing, exploited and trafficked children in Hampshire. Our Strategic MET Subgroup is responsible for delivery of the MET Strategy via the HSCB Business Plan.

The Strategic MET Subgroup was set up to tackle the issues of MET in Hampshire by:

  • Developing, sharing and promoting best practice across Hampshire.
  •  Ensuring that all practitioners and managers who work with or come into contact with children are trained to identify and support children at risk of MET.
  •  Raising awareness of the issue of MET amongst members of the public, encouraging them to report their concerns.
  •  Developing and implementing processes for the sharing of information about children at risk of MET across local authority/agency borders.

The Willow Team

The Willow Team is a multi-agency specialist MET team, launched in October 2015.

The team operates across Hampshire and works directly with children identified at risk of one or more elements of MET. The team receives referrals from Hampshire’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) relating to children who are not currently open to Children’s Services and where concerns are raised that they are at high risk of MET; and / or children who are in contact with known perpetrators of exploitation or trafficking. The team will also support all unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) and will undertake trafficking risk assessments.

The Willow Team can be accessed through contact with the Children’s Reception Team / MASH. Please see the Report a Concern page.

How to share intelligence / information with Hampshire Constabulary

The ‘Community Partnership Information Form’ must be used to share non-urgent information that relates to the Missing, Exploited and Trafficked agenda and inter-connecting issues, such as Modern Slavery.

The Community Partnership Information Form can be found on the Resource Library. Completed forms must be sent electronically to:

24/7-Intel@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Information may be sanitised and used in subsequent partnership forums for the purposes of identifying and mitigating risk. The form is not a referral form, nor does it replace any pre-existing referral or notification mechanism.

Help and Advice

Hampshire Constabulary have developed information and resources for teachers, professionals, parents and children in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight to raise awareness of law and consequences and to promote safe and healthy choices.

www.safe4me.co.uk

National County Lines Guidance