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Disrupt and bring to justice

NWG Disruption toolkit

The NWG Disruption toolkit is aimed at statutory and voluntary agency professionals involved in the safeguarding and investigation of exploitation. It can be used by individuals or organisations, in single agency settings, multi-agency settings, exploitation investigations, safeguarding focussed meetings or perpetrator disruption focussed meetings (the list is not exhaustive).

The aim of this toolkit is to consider options available to disrupt perpetrators, using a variety of different powers and tools, which are available through a multi-agency approach.

Working with the Police – The role of parents in child sexual exploitation investigations

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) involves the sustained grooming, sexual abuse and sexual violence against children under the age of 18. It encompasses serious crimes and should be reported to the police.

The Working with the Police booklet explains how the police can help and the tools they have at their disposal to disrupt child sexual exploitation. It explains how the law can be used to bring criminal charges against those responsible. It also explains how and why police investigations into child sexual exploitation can be problematic and complex, and how parents can be instrumental in providing evidence and safeguarding their child.

Young People’s Rights, Law and Police Processes

Reporting crime and making complaints are some of the areas shown to be under-represented by young people.

Consultation with young people in Hampshire revealed that young people are often apprehensive to report a crime, believing they must be prepared to go to court, unaware that many crimes are dealt with out of court, where possible. Young people were also unaware or unclear of their right to make a complaint, or their rights when being searched or arrested.

In response, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary developed a Youth Charter to inform young people of their commitment to keeping them safe and informed. The charter includes six additional sub-charters which give clear and straightforward explanations for young people about their rights, the law and police processes to support their understanding and decision making in relation to:

  • Investigation Outcomes
  • Being Arrested
  • Reporting a Crime
  • Breaking the Law
  • Making a Complaint
  • Being Searched

We have added the Youth Charter and sub-charters to Safe4me in the form of a Rights & the Law toolkit; included are links to Lawstuff, a national site for young people to find out about their rights in all aspects of life, and film resources from the BBC to support British Values and Citizenship.

Please use the charter, sub-charters and other resources in the work you do with young people to improve awareness and understanding about their rights and the law, and to help them understand police processes to improve their understanding of Police and Criminal Justice processes.

Young People, Rights & the Law – Safe4Me