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Serious Case Review into Child Sexual Exploitation in Buckinghamshire 1998-2016

The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children board published this review on 7th April 2017. This page provides the following information about the review:

Statement from Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB)

Independent review into child sexual exploitation in Buckinghamshire finds good practice and strong partnerships as well as areas for improvement

A report from an independent review into child sexual exploitation in Buckinghamshire has found good practice and strong partnership working in place to tackle sexual exploitation, as well as some areas where working can be further strengthened.

The review was commissioned by Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board to learn the lessons from the past and further improve the protection of children and young people today. It has 14 formal recommendations highlighting areas which can be strengthened both locally and nationally. These include:

  • The development of a broader awareness strategy to engage with all local communities within Buckinghamshire on child sexual exploitation, so that children, parents, professionals and the wider public can spot the warning signs
  • Ensuring there is an appropriate, effective and coordinated response available to victims of child sexual exploitation as they become adults
  • Finding ways to ensure that more effective information-sharing takes place between all the partners in Buckinghamshire
  • HM Government should consider introducing a national central database of all licensed drivers, indicating whether any had been subject to any regulatory sanctions.

Fran Gosling-Thomas, Chair of Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board, welcomed the publication of the report. She said: “The Board proactively commissioned this review because we wanted to confirm that the right processes, support and expertise are in place in Buckinghamshire to tackle child sexual exploitation in all its forms, and to understand what areas of work need to be looked at more closely.

“We also wanted to ensure that the full spectrum of past cases was examined back to 1998, so in carrying out the review a very wide range of activities was undertaken by the review panel.

“We know that in the past agencies were not providing the help and support that young people needed, and we now know that this shortfall in support also existed within other local authorities. Crucially though, the review shows that work carried out in Buckinghamshire to combat exploitation now is effective, and multi-agency working has really embedded in the last three years. The review has identified some areas of work where we can improve and we have formulated a detailed action plan to ensure the learning from the review is followed through. Work is already progressing towards implementing these recommendations.

“I would like to thank the young people and adults who talked with us for this review so that their voices could be heard, and I commend their courage and bravery in re-living the distressing experiences of the past.

“The Board and its partners will do everything in their power to prevent exploitation in all its forms and protect all children and young people in Buckinghamshire, both now and into the future. One of the key activities is increasing awareness of the warning signs with the public and working with our schools to help educate children and young people about healthy relationships. Another very important element of our work is helping children and young people increase their understanding and resilience so that they can better protect themselves; this aspect is particularly important as some young people do not recognise that they are being exploited.”

Further Information

For media enquiries please contact: Helen Fincher, Buckinghamshire County Council on 01296 382891 / 382444 or email hfincher@buckscc.gov.uk or communications@buckscc.gov.uk