Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

24 Youths Officially at Risk in Cleveland

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

24 Youths Officially at Risk in Cleveland

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Byline: JAMES CAIN Local democracy reporter @JimmyMCain

TWENTY girls and four boys were identified as being at direct risk of child sexual exploitation in Redcar and Cleveland at the end of October.

As of October 30 this year, 24 children and young people - 20 girls and four boys - were being dealt with by a specialist unit that deals with those at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Each of those children had been identified as being vulnerable, exploited, missing or trafficked (VEMT).

All the children are aged between 12 and 17 and all but one is white British.

The number of identified VEMT children was revealed in a report by Redcar and Cleveland Council's cabinet member for children, Craig Hannaway.

The report, which will be discussed by the full council on November 22, says the figures actually represent a slight reduction on the previous month.

Cllr Hannaway's report highlighted how the council's VEMT Practitioner's Group (VPG) was helping identify other at-risk children by "mapping" each VEMT child's associates and their links to perpetrators.

The with indicators help It said: "Each child or young person now has a named lead professional who will be responsible for the case.

"At the VPG meeting in October, the lead professional was tasked with undertaking a 'mapping' exercise to identify the child or young person's primary peer group, any links to other VEMT children and young people, identified links to perpetrators and locations that are, or may be, of concern.

"A target has been set that by the county lines checklist, will us to identify children at risk.

Cllr Hannaway end of November all children and young persons with an active VEMT record will have a map attached to their profile which will be updated monthly. The aim is to raise awareness of children's and young person's associates and risk factors. …

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