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Drawing of the 8 Emerging Practice Principles.

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By Dez Holmes, Anna Racher, April 1, 2022

Three years ago the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme was commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to support local areas to respond effectively to child exploitation and extra-familial harm. Specifically, the Programme was tasked with supporting the strategic response of local safeguarding partnerships, to offer support to colleagues in leadership roles and add

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Drawing of the 8 Emerging Practice Principles.

Practice Principles for responding to child exploitation and extra-familial harm

By Dez Holmes, Dr Helen Beckett, Nerys Anthony, Meeta Chaudhary, (TCE Programme Management Group), October 5, 2022

In March 2022, the TCE Programme was commissioned by the DfE to produce a set of national  ‘Practice Principles’ intended to support local partnerships in responding to child exploitation and extra-familial harm. See this initial blog about the work.   Since then, the Programme team has been busy consulting with professionals, children, young people and families,

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Drawing of the 8 Emerging Practice Principles.

Developing Practice Principles for professionals responding to child exploitation and extra- familial harm: reflections on the consultation process

By Raquel Vieth,

I joined the TCE Programme in 2022 directly from my role as a Specialist Safeguarding Lead for a London borough, where I held responsibility for responses to child exploitation and extra-familial harm. I understand the challenges many professionals face in trying to respond to these forms of harm: the difficulties in supporting families in a

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‘Nothing about us without us’: The Young People’s Action Group’s reflections on TCE’s conference

By Sarah Oyegoke, Bipin Khanal, Lewis Pummell,

On the 16th of March, 2022, the TCE Support Programme delivered the final event of its 6-month 2021/22 Learning Programme, ‘Strategic Improvement in Child Exploitation and Extra-Familial Harm’. The in-person conference was an opportunity to share the insights and learning from three years of delivering a nation-wide programme, and was attended by over 50 professionals

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Delivery Team Reflection – Part 1 – Children and Young People’s Voice thematic project

By Dr Isabelle Brodie,

The last few months have been very busy for the TCE Support Programme’s Children and Young People’s Voice strand, as we’ve tried to explore further the issues that emerged from our Twitter conversations during the autumn. We’ve held consultations with young people, interviewed sector experts, embarked on an action learning set and reviewed literature

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Delivery Team Reflection – Part 2 – Children and Young People’s Voice thematic project

By Ellie Fairgrieve,

Between November 2020 and February 2021, the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme has been exploring how children and young people’s views are included in strategic decision-making. To start with, we wanted to consider how we begin to define ‘hearing the voices of children and young people’. It has been confirmed that many different

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Delivery Team Reflection – Part 3 – Children and Young People’s Voice thematic project

By Kirsche Walker,

Kirsche Walker is a Research Assistant who undertook an internship on the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme between February and April 2021. The TCE Programme is a consortium of The Children’s Society, Research in Practice and the Safer Young Lives Centre based at the University of Bedfordshire. Her background is research in children

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Delivery Team Reflection – Part 4 – Children and Young People’s Voice thematic project

By Kirsche Walker,

As part of my time as an intern at the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support programme,  two colleagues and I worked on one of the Programme priorities, Children and Young People’s Voice. The discussion was around how we at the Programme, through a consortium of different organisations, could focus on implementing youth voice. My

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Delivery Team Reflection – Good practice principles: hearing the voice of children and young people

By Kirsche Walker, Ellie Fairgrieve, Dr Isabelle Brodie,

Underpinning our participation principles to the TCE Joining the Dots framework   Joining the Dots (JtD) is a framework developed by the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme based on learning from both programme delivery and the development and synthesis of evidence-informed resources. Its focus as a framework is on the ‘how’ of tackling child

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Delivery Team Reflection – Part 5 – Children and Young People’s Voice thematic project

By Kirsche Walker, Ellie Fairgrieve, Dr Isabelle Brodie,

What have we done? To date, we have talked to young people from three organisations. We’ve asked the same questions but the discussions have taken different directions. All the consultations have been really interesting, and have raised very important issues. We are really grateful for your help – thank you. What have you told

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Slowing down for stronger momentum in tackling child exploitation

By Annie Hudson, November 25, 2021

Recently, Anna Racher and I co-facilitated a learning event as part of the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Learning Programme. It focused on Joining the Dots, TCE’s framework to help strategic leaders and senior managers tackle child exploitation more effectively. The Joining the Dots framework was developed through TCE’s work with local area partnerships around the

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Community of Practice Day – 24 March 2021

On March 24th 2021, the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme hosted its fourth community of practice (CoP) event, attended by the TCE programme team, Delivery Partners and BSP alumni. The focus was on sharing key themes identified from two years of working with local areas delivering Bespoke Support Programmes.    The CoP day featured a series of sessions, each consisting of a presentation, breakout discussion and bringing participants together for reflective conversations. Recordings of some of these presentations and links to the resources can be found on the asset cards below. Risk assessing child (sexual) exploitation By Helen

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Reflections: Opportunities for how a system shift in practices and policies would support improved safeguarding for child victims of exploitation and improved prosecutions of adult offenders who exploit them

By Lucy Dacey, June 8, 2021

It is widely recognised that tackling, disrupting and, most importantly, prosecuting offences of modern slavery – specifically those linked to child criminal exploitation (CCE) – remains a significant challenge.

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‘It’s not them, it’s us’: the making of a child exploitation strategy

By Ben Byrne, March 22, 2021

Ben is a TCE Delivery Partner whose career has seen him work and lead across a range of children and young people’s services. He is strategic lead for improvement and innovation in children’s services at London Councils. In this blog, he reflects on his experiences of working with partnerships in local areas to develop a strategic approach to child exploitation.

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Reflections on bespoke support to tackle child exploitation: views from a local area

By Leanne Dagger, Rachel Miller,

Bespoke Support Projects (BSPs) are time-limited programmes for local areas and partnerships who are working together to respond to child exploitation and extra-familial harm, with the aim of accelerating or adding value to existing strategic activity. Here we take a moment to share the experiences so far of working with Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme from one local area.

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Young People’s Voices in Strategic Decision Making – Diary Entry reflections by the Tackling Child Exploitation programme

By Ellie Fairgrieve, Dr Isabelle Brodie,

The Tackling Child Exploitation team have been working on a young people’s participation project for the last 3 months. This is a continuation of the diary entry blog recently shared by Isabelle Brodie and Ellie Fairgrieve and their reflections so far with some thought provoking questions.

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