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CROYDON ECLIPSE. CROYDON ECLIPSE. What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

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What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

“any involvement of a child or young person below 18 in sexual activity for which a remuneration of cash or ‘in kind’ is given to the child or young person, or a third party or person. The perpetrator will have power over the young person by virtue of one or more of the following: age, emotional maturity, gender, physical strength and intellect " (Palmer, 2001)

working together
Working Together
  • Co-located
  • Child centred approach
  • Information Sharing
  • Working knowledge of multi-agency protocols
  • Experienced CP Detectives
  • Knowledge of CP legislation
  • Therapeutic services
  • Advocacy model of support
  • Offer a flexible range of short & long term interventions
the financial impact
The Financial Impact

Largest youth population in MPS - Highest number of LAC children in MPS

  • 76% of people missing in Croydon during 2008 were children
  • Over 70% were children placed within the Croydon Care System
  • Each missing child report takes 5 hours Police time at a cost of £1200
  • Costs escalate when it becomes a protracted enquiry
  • Impact on Police response to emergency calls
case study
Case Study
  • Suspect in crimes, including armed robbery, burglary, theft, arson and assault
  • MFH on11 occasions totalling 100 days
  • Taken into PP on 3 occasions in 2008
  • Police contact on 60 occasions, not crime related.
  • Eclipse direct intervention - S2 Abduction notice which served to assist in locating child.
  • Engagement with Barnardo's worker whilst in secure accommodation
  • Secure order obtained and child placed into accommodation until aged 16:
  • IMPACT: Making Croydon a safer place by reducing crime against persons
  • Improving health outcomes and life chances of child
  • Reducing Police expenditure on dealing with criminality and welfare
in summary
In summary
  • The need to safeguard & promote the welfare of children is paramount
  • Children have a right to protection and a right to access the Criminal Justice System

‘Positive outcomes for children are maximised when agencies work together and co-ordinate their activity’

(Pan London Protocol 2005)