National Partnerships Director
What we do
Relational Safeguarding Model
Working with SSCB
Pace works alongside parents and carers of
children who are – or are at risk of being –
sexually exploited by perpetrators external
to the family.
We offer guidance and training to
professionals on how child sexual
exploitation affects the whole family.
National Parent telephone support
Co-located Parent Support Workers
Volunteer befriending scheme
Parent networking days
Online parents forum
Accredited Training for practitioners
Influence in national and local policy
Prevention work and parental awareness
One-to-one telephone advice and support
“Our parent support workers provide independent, nonjudgmental and confidential support. We are here to listen
to your concerns, give information on statutory agencies and
procedures and to pass on advice from other affected
parents, should you require it.”
“Mum really looks really values the time she spends
talking with Anna.” Det Const. Staffs Police
Parent Network Days
Pace holds thrice-yearly Parent Network Days around
England to allow parents affected by child sexual
exploitation to meet each other and share their experiences.
The idea is to reduce isolation, share knowledge and create
independent support networks.
Some parents choose to attend Parent Network Days even
when their child has exited an exploitative relationship. They
understand the difficulties faced by parents new to the
situation and want to offer hope of a positive outcome.
Others need support to deal with the aftermath of their
child’s sexual exploitation.
Pace can also offer a voluntary befriending scheme to help
break the isolation many parents feel and provide a friendly
yet informed ear.
Pace volunteer befrienders are fully trained and supported to
develop a non-judgemental relationship with a parent, based
on mutual trust and an ability to empathise with the issues
that parents present. Matches are designed to last between
6 – 18 months.
An introduction to CSE and its impact on parents and carers – 1 day (Level 1)
Parents as partners in tackling child sexual exploitation – 1 day (Level 2)
Advanced practice in working with Parents and families – 1 day (Level 3)
CSE awareness and training for Foster Carers – 1 day
CSE awareness and training for Residential Carers – 1 day
CSE for social workers: Working with parents and carers affected by CSE – half
Train the trainer for practitioners delivering Community Briefings on CSE to
parents and carers – 1 Day
Train the trainer for practitioners delivering Parents as Partners training to those
whose work brings them into contact with families affected by CSE – 1 Day
In Child Sexual Exploitation(CSE) the
offender is normally outside the home and
family. CSE is generally not used to
describe dangers in the home or other
forms of abuse that children may suffer.
“Any child or young person may be at risk
of sexual exploitation, regardless of their
family background or other circumstances”
(Department for Education 2009)
The information within the CSEGG dataset indicates that
from April 2010 to March 2011 at least 16,500 children
displayed three or more signs or behaviour indicating they
were at risk of child sexual exploitation.
(“I thought I was the only one. The only one in the world”
OCC, Nov 2012 P5)
“Local authorities and their partners are still not meeting
their full responsibilities to prevent child sexual exploitation
in their area, to protect its victims and to pursue and
prosecute the perpetrators.”
(“It couldn't happen here, could it?” OFSTED Nov 2014)
Communities and Local Government Committee Third Report
Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham: some issues for
local government – Nov 2014
”On the evidence we took the alarming conclusion is that
Rotherham was not an outlier and that there is a widespread
problem of organised child sexual exploitation in England. It
follows that other authorities not only need to review their
own arrangements in the light of the Jay Report but also the
Government needs to ensure that the guidance and
benchmarks are in place to ensure these reviews are
effective and children are identified and protected.”
Occupations of some affected families
NHS senior manager
Impact of CSE on victims:
41% of call for evidence submissions identified
children having drug and alcohol problems as a
result of CSE.
• 32% of submissions identified children selfharming as a result of CSE.
• 27% of submissions raised broader concerns
about victims’ mental health following
• 85% of the sexually-exploited young people
who were interviewed had either self-harmed or
attempted suicide as a result of CSE.
(“I thought I was the only one. The only one in the
world” OCC, Nov 2012 p.49)
Impact of CSE on families:
“Sexual exploitation can have profound
and damaging consequence for families,
including parents and carers, siblings and
extended members, and impact on their
health, work life, family cohesion,
economic stability and social life”
(Safeguarding Children and Young People from
Sexual Exploitation Supplementary Guidance to
“Our understanding of child protection must
develop from one focused on protecting younger
children from abuse in the home to one
incorporating the protection of older children from
abuse located and experienced outside the home.”
The Relational Safeguarding model
Professionals work in partnership with
parents seeing them as part of the solution
and not the problem:
A more holistic approach by working alongside
Recognises that parents have their own support
needs and if supported have greater resilience
to safeguard their child.
Understands the value of parents in disrupting
and preventing CSE
Why use a Relational Safeguarding approach?
The risk to the child is usually outside the home
The impact of grooming on the child affects the
family dynamics and breaks down relationships
The child may show/express hostility or
aggression to their parents because of the
The parents may not know what is wrong or
know how to safeguard their child without
The Relational Safeguarding Model focuses on:
Maximising the capacity of parents and carers to
safeguard their child.
Early intervention & prevention.
Enabling family involvement in safeguarding processes
including decision making.
Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the family.
Balancing the child’s identity as both an individual and as
part of a family unit.
The importance of involving parents:
They are primary safeguarders of their children.
Supported, informed and engaged parents are
better equipped to safeguard their children and work in
They hold vital information about their child
Parents and the family supply the majority of out-ofhours and long term support in assisting a child to exit
safely from exploitation
The importance of involving parents:
They can be key in gathering evidence
They can encourage/support their child to disclose
They can support their child through the prosecution
process – leading to increased likelihood of
Involving/supporting parents may prevent the child
Referring parents to Pace Tel: 0113 240 3040
email on: [email protected]
FREE: online awareness resource
Unit 10, Acorn Business Park
Leeds LS14 6UF
0113 240 3040