Tackling Child Exploitation
Where child exploitation involves control, manipulation and the coercion of children and young people, ‘leading with care’ asks those with power to use it gently. The Programme’s ways of working are specifically strengths-based and relational, and put restorative principles at the core of partnership working.
Leading with care supports partnerships to hold the needs of young people, and their families and carers, at the heart of strategic approaches to tackling child exploitation and extra-familial harm.
An approach that ‘leads with care’ will draw on the principles of restorative practice and strengths-based ways of working.
Leading with care also sees strategic partnerships challenge over-reliance on process and risk-management in favour of building a common language and confidence in professional judgement. It is an approach that focuses on the harms children and young people face, placing an emphasis on the protective factors that help to keep them safe.
what questions does Leading With Care ask?
What questions does Leading With Care ask for Systems and Partnerships?
How are we using the expertise of children and young people, families and carers across our partnerships?
What would it look like if these expertise were at the heart of our strategic approach?
How do we show the perspectives of minoritised children and young people and families are:
To what extent does our system show that it is strengths-based at every level?
How confident are we as a partnership that the
way we behave is aligned with what we would
like to see in practice?
How are we embedding and embodying
strengths-based approaches throughout
What questions does Leading With Care ask for Leaders?
How do we, as leaders, demonstrate a strengths-based approach to:
Each other as strategic partners?
Our own respective workforces?
How do we, as leaders, invite challenge collectively and individually?
How do I use challenge to maximise my contribution to our local approach?
How do we, as leaders, challenge language which is unclear or labelling?
How do we role model respectful language?
How do we establish a shared understanding
and use of such language?
Young people are not labelled or judged
The needs of young people and their families are central
Language is clear, shared and respectful
Responses valued from all partners including parents & carers
Download the Practice Principles document to explore what this means for professionals, and how to develop your approach to tackling child exploitation.
Do you have insights into a wicked issue in responding to child exploitation? Or a view on the challenges and barriers the Practice Principles need to address? We would love to hear from you!
Please use this open response feedback form to share your perspective. TCE will consider these responses alongside our more structured consultation methods, such as our events and surveys.
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