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Practical tools and procedure

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton have developed and agreed a number of resources for use across all four LSCP areas to support professionals working with children who are thought or known to be at risk of one or more forms of exploitation.

These include:

Inter-agency referral form (IARF)

If you assess that a child/family requires additional support, you need to complete an inter-agency referral form (IARF) or contact form as per local processes and share this with the relevant Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) or Childrens Resource Centre (CRS). The use of the local Threshold Guidance will assist this process and help inform your decision-making.

Child Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework (CERAF)

CERAF is a child exploitation risk assessment tool and should be completed as soon as potential concerns regarding any form of child exploitation are identified.

Access the full CERAF

Produced by the MET hub team at Southampton City Council this video shows you how to complete a CERAF.

Read the guidelines for the full CERAF

Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Questionnaire for health professionals (CSERQ4)

The CSERQ4 Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Questionnaire for health professionals is for health practitioners who have ‘time limited’ contact with children under the age of 18 to help them quickly identify children at risk of sexual exploitation. This includes emergency department staff, opticians, condom distributers, paramedics/ ambulance service, dentists, GPs / out of hours service, pharmacists, 111 service, urgent treatment staff and unscheduled care providers.

Teachers Guide

The Teachers Guide is a joint collaboration working with the Office of Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and the Hampshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) on behalf of the wider strategic child exploitation partnership covering Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton Councils for use as educational videos across all authorities with young people.

These videos can form standalone sessions but for best use should be watched in order and completed fully. There is a range of alternative activities to support the learning. Each video is approximately six mins long and can be used as a stand alone teaching aid but they do all join and tell a full story about the dangers of being groomed and exploited into child criminal exploitation). The videos and toolkit are designed to enable pupils to develop or enhance their academic and practical skills around the risk using PowerPoint and discussion as key learning themes.

Community Partnership Information Sharing Form (CPI)

To help improve information sharing, the Safe4me CPI form gives professionals a safe and direct way to share non-urgent information with police relating to children/adults at risk.

The CPI form can be used for any information you feel the need to share with police, providing it does not amount to a crime or a safeguarding issue – where it does, you would need to report as a crime or make a Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) referral.

For further information, see the CPI Practitioner Sheet.


The Safe4Me website provides educators, service providers and parents with information and resources to help educate, guide and support children and young people to keeping safe.

Lurking Trolls

Lurking Trolls is a programme of work across the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton areas developed to promote internet safety within schools. The resources are web based and can be accessed through the Lurking Trolls website.


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 (this 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.

CEOP exploited resource pack

CEOP exploited resource pack – Exploited is an 18-minute film which helps young people learn to stay safe from sexual exploitation.

It educates young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship, and gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.

This resource is designed to be delivered through structured sessions delivered by professionals in schools, youth groups and other settings. In schools it should be embedded in a progressive Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, as part of Sex and Relationships Education.

Guidance App Language toolkit

The Guidance App Language toolkit can be used by professionals when discussing the exploitation of children and young people, including when escalating intelligence and delivering training.

The document can be read at the beginning of strategy meetings, multi-agency meetings, or other settings where professionals might be discussing children and young people who are at risk of exploitation.

Criminal Exploitation: Stages of Recruitment

The Criminal Exploitation: Stages of Recruitment document has been designed with young people to outline the grooming process as they experience it. This is the full outline of stages to be used alongside the young person’s handout, and guidance which can be downloaded from the Children’s Society

Home Office child exploitation disruption toolkit

The Home Office child exploitation disruption toolkit has been developed to support frontline practitioners to safeguard children and young people under the age of 18 from sexual and criminal exploitation. This includes social workers, police officers, housing officers, education staff, healthcare staff, charity staff and others.

The Grooming Game by Barnardo’s



Additional resource available to professionals working in the Hampshire Local Authority area.

The Are you sure leaflet has been developed to raise awareness of child exploitation with parents and carers, it can be downloaded and printed to display in your settings.

Are you sure leaflet

The Missing leaflet has been developed for children and young people to provide information about why we are worried when they go missing and provides telephone numbers to contact if they need support. This leaflet can be downloaded and printed to display in your settings.

Missing leaflet

This document is for professionals to use with young people who go missing regularly.

Missing direct work programme

The CAFCASS how it looks to me document helps you to understand the child’s lived experience.