Child sexual exploitation

This sub-group is accountable to NHS England’s National Safeguarding Group and membership consists of representatives from across health agencies including Designated Safeguarding Children Professionals; Health & Justice; Care Quality Commission; Public Health England; National Working Group CSE.

The group was established following the publication of the Department of Health Working Group Report (2014); Jay Report (2014) and Medical Colleges Report (2014), and provides national leadership and support to health agencies to implement the recommendations of these reports.

The group is chaired by Lisa Cooper, Deputy Director Quality & Safeguarding, NHS England North.

Within its terms of reference and work plan the sub-group ensures that the actions relating to NHS England arising from these reports are fully implemented. The Group also provides national leadership, support and advice in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation.

How healthcare staff and agencies work together going forward to promote effective early intervention is of critical importance in supporting children and young people who are sexually exploited and therefore the work of the sub-group during 2015/16 will focus on ensuring:

  • Local multi-agency teams are set up to combat Child Sexual Exploitation and are fully representative, including professionals from primary and secondary physical and mental health care
  • All child safeguarding education and training will contain a comprehensive section on sexual exploitation, recognising its profound health consequences, so that health professionals are supported to respond appropriately to victims.
  • Local health commissioners will ensure a joined-up response with partner agencies through care and referral pathways for treatment and recovery services for children who have been sexually exploited and, where appropriate, engage non-statutory agencies in delivering or co-delivering these services.
  • NHS organisations and staff will manage information in a way that is open and transparent to safeguard children who may be sexually exploited or at risk of exploitation.

Key outputs/products for the sub-group during 2015/16 will include:

  • Adaptation of CSE pocket guide from Rotherham to include contributions from Public Health England
  • Development and publication of commissioning standards for services
  • In collaboration with Health Education England ensure that CSE is part of all undergraduate health and social care further education safeguarding training.
  • In partnership with CQC support embedding of CSE awareness across CQC inspectors
  • Communications: Expo; CNO Conference: National Safeguarding Conference
  • Oversight of funding allocations for CSE to NHS England regions

In addition to the above, as part of International Nurses Day, a video about CSE and health practitioners’ role was produced.

NHS England’s Accountability and Assurance Framework for Safeguarding Vulnerable People has been reviewed to strengthen the partnership and accountability arrangements across all health agencies and partners. This will ensure clear lines of accountability for all agencies with regards to safeguarding children and embedded the multi-agency partnership arrangements which support all staff to protect and safeguard children and young people at risk of harm.

Lisa Cooper, Chair CSE Sub-Group