The Kingfisher project brings together police, council and health services to work together to combat child sexual exploitation
Oxfordshire council’s award-winning sexual exploitation project has been heralded as a method that can “drive improvements elsewhere” by the crime prevention minister.
The authority’s Kingfisher project brings together police, council and health services to work together to combat child sexual exploitation (CSE). It was this year praised in an Ofsted report for providing a ‘high quality’ service.
The project was set up following Operation Bullfinch, a police investigation that exposed shocking crimes committed by a gang of men who targeted and sexually abused vulnerable children.
“The Kingfisher project offers encouraging evidence that local agencies can and will make the necessary changes to ensure they meet their safeguarding responsibilities,” said crime prevention minister Norman Baker.
The team behind the project identify and support victims and children at risk, while also investigating suspected cases of CSE.
Baker cited the recent case in Rotherham, where 1,400 children were found to have suffered sexual abuse, and emphasised the importance of learning lessons. He said the Kingfisher project – which has been recognised for two national awards this year - offers “encouraging evidence that local agencies can and will make the necessary changes to ensure they meet their safeguarding responsibilities”.
He said it had made “great strides in transforming the standard of child protection services in Oxfordshire” from 2012.
“The methods of this project can help drive improvements elsewhere in the country at this important moment in the battle to eradicate child sexual exploitation,” he added.
Story Courtesy of Community Care
ParentAssess founder Sarah Lowe’s outstanding contribution to social work has been recognised as she and the specialist parenting framework she established have been nominated for not one but three awards.Sarah Lowe, founder ParentAssess
ParentAssess has been nominated for Innovation of the Year in the Family Law Awards and Executive Learning Disability and Autism Award in [...]
The most common challenge for families is worries about financial pressures and the rise in the cost of living, a Family Review by the children’s commissioner for England has found.Children's commissioner for England Dame Rachel de Souza
The Family Review, which is based on research from a Literature Review, a Call for Evidence, commissioned surveys [...]
Teachers are seeing increasing levels of anxiety and a rise in mental health problems among their students but lack the training and time to support young people.
Eighty two per cent of teachers are seeing anxious pupils and the worsening of existing mental health problems, compared to just one year ago, according to a survey [...]