Home » Professionals » Child Exploitation » The Picture in Hampshire

The Picture in Hampshire

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP) has continued to build on its approach to identifying and responding to all forms of exploitation such as child criminal exploitation, county lines, child sexual exploitation. These issues are a key priority for HSCP.

We have developed a Child Exploitation Strategy outlining our response to this issue in Hampshire. This strategy builds upon the significant work already taking place and sets out how agencies will work together to ensure an effective and coordinated response. In Hampshire, all under 18s are referred to as children because this reinforces the vulnerability of these individuals. The strategy, and associated action plan, is aligned with the following themes:

Understand and identify – strengthen the identification and assessment of children at risk of exploitation.
Prevention – raise awareness of exploitation issues across agencies, children and their families and the wider Hampshire community.
Intervene and support – improve safeguarding of vulnerable children deemed to be at risk of exploitation. Provide direct therapeutic support and access to specialist services.
Disrupt and Divert – lead in disrupting perpetrator behaviour and bringing those offenders to justice by building an accurate and clear picture of local trends and networks

Training

HSCP delivers a number of learning events to raise professional awareness of child exploitation. Our Child Exploitation Group also developed a set of training slides that can be used to raise awareness of these issues.

How to share intelligence / information with Hampshire Constabulary

The Community Partnership Information Form has been designed by Hampshire Constabulary as a conduit for partner agencies to share non-urgent information relating to child exploitation and other related safeguarding issues. This form does not replace a contact to Children’s Services.

Completed forms must be sent electronically by the professional who received the information to:

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

The police intelligence department will always protect the source and provenance. This means personal information and how it was obtained is not available for general view. Great care is taken to remove any reference or indicator of the source or provenance and this information is not shared with other law enforcement agencies or partners.

If the police need to re-contact a source (which is rare but may be necessary to seek clarification) this will be direct from an officer or operative of the Intelligence Unit. Prior to approaching the source, the police will contact the professional who submitted the form to seek their authority (please ensure the box is ticked on the form to agree to this). If the source details are not supplied, there is a danger the police may respond in a way which compromises the source as they may be unable to correctly grade and risk assess the intelligence. Therefore, it is important the source details are included on the form.

Help and Advice

If you are concerned that a child may be at risk of exploitation:

  • In an emergency contact the Police
  • Or contact Children’s Services on 0300 555 1384