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Update on New Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and missing children service

Fri 1 Sep 2017

The child sexual exploitation (CSE) and missing children service in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire will be run by national organisation, Catch22, from 1st September 2017. This will replace a number of current services provided by Staffordshire Police, Brighter Futures and Families First.

The new service will tackle CSE through a range of early work and targeted support with families and carry out return home interviews for all missing children.

Alongside this, the risk factor matrix (RFM) used to refer children to the service and appropriate CSE panel where necessary, has also been updated and simplified. The new RFM will also be in place from 1st September 2017.

Updates to the CSE and missing service

The new service will focus on:

  • Early intervention for young people and their families assessed as low risk, to help increase their resilience
  • Target support for children, young people and their families assessed as medium and high risk, to support and safeguard them from being drawn into exploitation 
  • Use Catch 22’s national coverage to support the return interviews of missing children

For questions about the Risk Factor Matrix, associated policies and procedures and the new service, please contact:

Megan Brock, CSE Coordinator for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire: Email: megan.brock@stoke.gov.uk or Tel: 07973 848486