One Year Anniversary of the CERAF: Update

1 September 2021 – In September 2020, Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships across the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton (HIPS) areas published the new Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework (CERAF) for professionals.

A CERAF should be completed as soon as potential concerns regarding any form of child exploitation are identified. This may include Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), County Lines (CL), Modern Day Slavery (MDS) or child Trafficking concerns.

The revamped CERAF has been in circulation for a year now with positive feedback from many practitioners. The safeguarding partnerships recently completed a review of the format and have incorporated user feedback into an updated version.

Overall, there were very few changes but it was felt that the ‘flow’ towards decision making and the all-important professional judgement could be improved as well as some changes in steps for each local authority. The final update also includes each authorities Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) link.

As this new version comes into circulation practitioners are urged to ensure they use the latest version and delete any old templates.

For further information and to download a copy of the updated CERAF, see the HIPS Procedures website.