Local safeguarding partnerships will be able to access ‘bespoke’ support around child criminal and sexual exploitation by autumn
A national scheme aimed at delivering strategic support to areas battling criminal and sexual exploitation will draw on the expertise of children’s services from across England.
The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) programme was announced this week by the Department for Education (DfE). It will see a consortium led by Research in Practice, The Children’s Society and the University of Bedfordshire help local authority partnerships develop responses to threats in their areas.
Traditional safeguarding policy and practice has been put under increasing strain in recent years by child protection issues that occur mostly outside the family home, such as sexual exploitation and ‘county lines’ drug dealing.
Under the TCE programme, safeguarding partnerships will be able to apply for ‘bespoke’ support in order to get to grips with specific local issues.
The initiative, which will run until April 2022 and is backed by £2 million of government money, also aims to create an open-access resource in which knowledge can be pooled.