Confronting Child Sexual Exploitation in London
The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has published the report –'Confronting Child Sexual Exploitation in London' – which explores London’s approach to protecting children and young people from sexual exploitation.
The report asks the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to set out a clear performance monitoring framework for child sexual exploitation (CSE) and lists a number of recommendations, including:
All London Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) should review their CSE strategies and procedures in response to the findings of the Jay Report.
All London LSCBs must have a robust mechanism in place to ensure effective monitoring, oversight and regular review of CSE strategies and procedures.
London’s LSCBs and Directors of Children’s Services must ensure well-defined links with other safeguarding strategies and robust reporting structures between the LSCB and the Community Safety Partnership and Children’s Board.
Every LSCB in London should have a forum in place to engage with children and young people affected by CSE, including looked after children and those that have in the past gone missing, to increase understanding, provide appropriate care and support to young victims and those at risk of CSE, and encourage confidence in reporting.
The report is available to download below. The report also called for the Met and MOPAC to work with the London Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) to establish an agreed and consistent dataset across London. The response from Assistant Commissioner Pat Gallan QPM below shows that this recommendation has been accepted and action taken. The MPS met with London Councils, MOPAC and the LSCB and consequently compiled a dataset containing information measured across each London borough. Going forward this data will be measured quarterly.