Guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) for all persons and bodies in England and Wales has been released on GOV.UK. It was first published in 2016 but has just been updated (October 2018). The guidance can be found here:
Multi-Agency Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation
You must read and follow this guidance if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. You should read this FGM guidance along-side other safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) in England
Safeguarding Children: Working Together under the Children Act 2004 (2007) in Wales
New guidance on Modern Slavery has been added to GOV.UK. The guidance can be found on our Practice Guidance and Resources page here:
Practice Guidance and Resources
Please find below links to information supplied from the Home Office regarding a number of recently published sector based resources for frontline staff on serious and organised crime. The guidance is aimed at supporting policing and other statutory frontline staff – particularly those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults – in identifying potential victims of this type of criminal exploitation. It sets out the signs to look for in potential victims, and what action staff should take so that potential victims get the support and help they need. The document supplements an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies.
This is the guidance:
Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance Sept 2018
Alongside the guidance, there are also resources for frontline professionals to help policing and statutory staff recognise the signs to look out for, that could indicate that someone is a victim of county lines gangs:
Protecting vulnerable people from exploitation resources for frontline professionals Sept 2018
The Home Office is also raising awareness of county lines across a range of non-statutory sectors. Here are the resources for staff working in the following sectors:
Materials for the social housing sector are currently being developed and will be available shortly. Finally, there are also some social media resources: Social media resources.
Ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week, please find attached an updated Third Party Recording Centres Poster.
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