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Thematic Review into Child Sexual Exploitation

In September 2013 the Safeguarding Board for NI received a Ministerial Direction to carry out a Thematic Review in relation to 22 cases of alleged Child Sexual Exploitation in Northern Ireland.

The Thematic Review has now been completed and is available to view on the website of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

The Children and Young People's Version is available here.

The Thematic Review team comprised a research team from Queen’s University, Belfast, in addition to the SBNI’s Independent Case Management Review Chairs. The report was authored by Professor John Pinkerton, QUB with independent scrutiny provided by Professor Jenny Pearce, Marion Davis CBE, and Assistant Chief Constable, Peter Davies, CEOP. The team sought the views of the professionals involved with the young people and wherever possible, the views of the families and the young people themselves, dependent on their wish to engage.

The Thematic Review has been undertaken in a manner that does not undermine, compromise or interfere with any on-going legal investigation or any ensuing legal proceedings and has been mindful of the welfare of the individual young people involved.

If a child or young person is in immediate danger call 999 or contact the police on 101. You can also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the NSPCC adult Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

There are also other organisations you can talk to if you have concerns:

Barnardo’s NI Safe Choices          028 9065 8511

Social Services Gateway Teams:

Belfast HSC Trust                          028 9050 7000

South Eastern HSC Trust               0300 1000 300

Northern HSC Trust                       0300 1234 333

Southern HSC Trust                       0800 7837 745

Western Trust                                028 7131 4090

For further information and sources of help visit www.safertoknow.info