CVE and Missing Service
The Children Vulnerable to Exploitation (CVE) and Missing Service
A multi-agency team of passionate practitioners
The team work together to restore children and young people’s hopes for the future.
The service is co-located within the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and ensures a co-ordinated response from West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield Children and Young People’s Social Care to the identification, investigation, intervention and disruption of child exploitation.
What to do if you are worried
And you fear a child is at risk of exploitation
Practitioners must follow the usual process for any new referral to CYPS by ringing the Integrated Front Door (IFD) and discussing their concerns on 0345 8503503.
All children open in the CVE and Missing Service will have an allocated social worker either from a locality team or child in care. The CVE Service will provide ongoing consultation and support to allocated social workers around exploitation, helping to build the necessary skills to engage in meaningful and protective ways with children who are experiencing these types of harm.
What service do they offer?
Perpetrator Risk Assessment Meeting (RAM)
Enables a strong focus and a partnership approach to disruption activity in relation to those who may seek to exploit children in Wakefield.
West Yorkshire Police coordinate and lead the Perpetrator RAM locally, with meetings held every six weeks and chaired by a Detective Inspector. Partner agencies attend to share information and intelligence about actual or suspected perpetrators of exploitation and contribute to disruption activities. The RAM and Perpetrator RAM coordinate to share information in respect of children at risk and those who pose a risk to others.
Daily Missing Meeting and Return Home Interviews
Children who have been reported missing in Wakefield are discussed daily at the missing meeting, with actions coordinated and agreed each working day.
Allocated social workers are invited to attend to share information, or in the case of children who do not have an allocated social worker, raised via a referral into the IFD.
Missing co-ordinators within the CVE and Police teams work closely to review children reported missing and ensure up-to-date and accurate knowledge about new missing episodes.
The Children Missing from Home and Care Protocol sets out the expectations and timescales of how agencies respond to children who are missing in the Wakefield area. All children who are missing are offered a Return Home Interview (RHI) within 72 hours by the CVE and Missing Service. The RHI process provides an opportunity to understand the issues prompting a child to go missing and a chance to commence interventions to reduce the likelihood of recurrence.
Wakefield district follows the Philomena Protocol, a national scheme for agencies to record key information which can be used in the event of a vulnerable child or young person going missing.
CVE Advice Clinics
Monthly multi-agency led drop-in advice clinics for practitioners.
The clinics provide a forum for practitioners to receive advice, support and guidance where exploitation or risk of exploitation of a child is suspected and are made up of practitioners from the CVE Team, Police, Liaison and Diversion, Youth Justice Service and the Ivison Trust.
- Concerns that a young person is vulnerable to exploitation but there are difficulties around engagement.
- Advice as to whether concerns in respect of exploitation may necessitate a referral to Social Care Direct and subsequently the CVE Service.
- Concerns where a young person may be exploiting others.
- Advice and support on how to engage a young person who may be vulnerable to exploitation.
- Information shared within this forum to assist the CVE Team and Police to triangulate any evidence or intelligence which may assist in the early identification of victims and perpetrators of exploitation.
How do the clinics run?Show detailsCVE Advice Clinics are held on a monthly basis, for two hours on a Friday which is accessible via Teams. A schedule is shared in advance with practitioners who are given an individual invite to allow them to join at an allocated time. This is not a panel and there is no paperwork for the practitioner to complete in advance.
Currently, the clinics are available to the:
The Interventions Teams
Targeted Early Help
Youth Justice Service
The CVE Advice Clinics does not replace the RAM process, nor does it replace the function of the IFD. If there are immediate safeguarding concerns in respect of a child, contact Social Care Direct on 03458 503 503.
There are plans to expand the CVE Clinics to other services in due course and will be updated via the website when ready.
A Contextual Safeguarding response – Mapping and Scoping MeetingsShow detailsThe CVE Service use mapping and scoping techniques to increase their knowledge about children to help identify safety and risks.
They consider a child's:
Associations, friendships, peer groups
The spaces in which they are spending time – neighbourhoods, parks, clubs etc.
Any links or associations to other areas