The children’s commission has developed the See Me, Hear Me framework in response to their 2 year investigation into child sexual exploitation (CSE) by gangs and groups.
The Childrens Commission report states:
“Our big message is that the professionals whose job it is to keep children safe must always make sure that any child at risk of being hurt is their top priority at all times. Any decisions they make must be about doing the very best for the child.”
They have identified seven main principles
- The child’s best interests are the top priority
- Agencies much include children in all decisions made about them
- There must be regular staff training and people always checking for best practice
- Support should be given based on individual circumstances, such as who is hurting the child and what support is needed for the child’s family. This support must be provided by the same person over time
- Agencies should sign up to an agreement about what information needs to be shared and how to do this
- Problems in a local area need to be checked regularly to understand the patterns of child sexual exploitation. Local agencies must share this information for their action plans
- The child sexual exploitation strategy must be checked regularly to see if it is working
There are now plans to pilot the See Me, Hear Me framework in at least three local areas.