October 2018 performance
West Sussex Plan Item 12 has the aim that the vulnerability of children to Child Sexual Exploitation should mostly be managed within the authority at medium or low levels of risk. The target is for 80% of children vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation to be managed at low or medium risk. In October 92% were managed at this level. Missing Exploitation Operations Group (MEOG) reviews the level of risk agreed, safety plans and interventions in place.
September 2018 performance
West Sussex Plan Item 12 has the aim that the vulnerability of children to CSE should mostly be managed within the authority at medium or low levels of risk. The target is for 80% of children vulnerable to CSE to be managed at low or medium risk. In September 93% were managed at this level.  A multi agency group meets weekly to review the level of risk, safety plans and interventions in place as well as allocate and make recommendations for specialist interventions such as asphaleia, Barnardo’s,  Youth Interventions and Worth Services. As well as supporting individual children we seek to use a contextual safeguarding approach, making key links across any connected groups and work together to appropriately disrupt and protect.
August 2018 performance
In August 88% were managed at this level. We have a Missing and Exploitation Operation Group that reviews the level of risk agreed, safety plans and interventions in place. This group reviews completed risk assessments and safety plans, allocates and makes recommendations for specialist interventions such as asphaleia, Barnardo’s, Change Grow Live, Youth Interventions and Worth Services. It also seeks to consider the best use of the contextual safeguarding, making key links with individual vulnerable children and groups of children. An example of this is that we have worked together with local district and borough community safety partners, and British Transport Police service, providing profiles of children at risk and this has disrupted and prevented children going missing.
Quarter 1 - June 2018 performance
Whilst we are seeing an increase in the number of children being identified at risk of exploitation we are continuing to maintain the percentage of children at high risk which reflects the considerable level of partnership work to reduce and manage the risk posed.

Quarter 4 - March 2018 Performance

The current figure is 84.35% (124 out of 147 are at medium or low risk)

Quarter 3 - December 2017 Performance

At 31st December 2017 – 85.93% (116 out of 135) are at medium or low risk and exceeding the target.

Background

High Risk: Screening and risk assessment indicates evidence that the child is actively being sexually abused. Should be level 4 on continuum of need and will require a Children’s Social care intervention.

Medium Risk: Screening and risk assessment indicates evidence that the child may be being sexually abused or at significant risk of exploitation. Level 3 or 4 on the continuum of need requiring a Social worker or named lead professional.

Low risk: Screening and risk assessment indicates evidence that the child may be vulnerable to exploitation and sexual abuse. Level 3 or 2 on the continuum of need and will need a named lead professional.

We are working collectively across organisations to ensure that we are assessing children’s risk accurately based on all of the information available. All agencies meet regularly to ensure that actions are undertaken to reduce the risks posed to children through exploitation.