Students placed within the young people’s team are allocated a small caseload of six to eight young people, referred to the project through various social work teams within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as being at risk of or currently involved in sexual exploitation. Students placed within the young people’s team will experience working with young people receiving social work involvement under statutory legislation including Section 17 and 47 and Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 and 2004. Students will also be required to participate in street outreach sessions and to deliver workshops as part of their placement. Duty workers from the young people’s team will produce the young people’s newsletter and monitor and reply as appropriate to young people using Twitter and Facebook to access support from the project.
All students will complete an assessment for each of their cases within 28 days of allocation. This is a holistic assessment all vulnerability factors, focusing on those specific to CSE and includes a lone working risk assessment. Students will then be expected to complete a report and work plan centred on this assessment; making theory and evidence based recommendations. The assessment will follow the Common Assessment Framework guidelines alongside the CSE risk assessment which is line with The Local Safeguarding Childrens Board guidelines.
Students will be expected to follow Child Protection protocols in order to effectively safeguard young people at risk of CSE.
Students placed within the young people’s team will develop invaluable understanding and experience of identifying and managing risk, working within multi disciplinary teams, causative factors of CSE, effective interventions and legislation relating to children and young people.