09/07/2012DfE - Tackling child sexual exploitation action plan

On 3 July 2012, the Government issued the first report on progress in tackling child sexual exploitation, along with a new step-by-step guide on what frontline practitioners should do if they suspect a child is being sexually exploited.

The guide complements, and should be read in conjunction with, the Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation statutory guidance, published in 2009.

The Government also announced, through a written ministerial statement urgent action to help protect young people in residential care following two reports: the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s early report on emerging findings from the inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups; and the report from the joint inquiry into children who go missing from care issued by the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Runaway and Missing Children, and for Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

Details of the action being taken in response to the reports were set out in ministerial letters to Sue Berelowitz and Ann Coffey MP  which were also published on 3 July.  

At the same time, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families wrote to Local Safeguarding Children Board chairs and local authority directors of children’s services seeking their continued support in tackling child sexual exploitation.

Download the action plan: The action plan looks at sexual exploitation from the perspective of the child. It highlights areas where more needs to be done, and sets out specific action that the Government, local agencies, and voluntary and community sector partners need to take, to address this abuse.