Support for children, young people and adults who are victims or at risk of child exploitation

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Who can access the service?

C.A.R.E. works with children, young people and adults aged 8-24 years who are at medium/high risk of exploitation. They must reside in Essex and they must be unwilling or unable to engage with statutory services around the issue of exploitation.

What support does the service provide?

We provide specialist support, across Essex, to children, young people and adults aged 8-24 years who are victims of or are at risk of Child Exploitation (CE), be that sexual, criminal or enforced labour. Support is provided through:

  • one-to-one therapeutic sessions aimed at  providing understanding through trauma informed support, helping them to move forward, increase their emotional wellbeing and keep them safe.
  • targeted group work sessions whereby an organisation has identified a cohort at risk of exploitation and they will have access to our 8 week targeted group work provision. 
  • parenting support (provided by Barnardo’s) where parents and carers of young people can receive advice and guidance, enabling them to provide safe environments within the family context. This support is provided through group and one to one support, peer led groups and telephone support. To make a referral to this service, please see our information below. 

'Working with the C.A.R.E. team has helped me understand things like consent more fully.'

We also provide training and consultation around exploitation to support professionals in identifying young people they work with at risk of child exploitation and in facilitating professional relationships.

How do I access the service?

Referrals are accepted from any agency and/or individual working with a child, young person or family.

One-to-one and group work referrals

These can be made by phoning 01245 493 311 or downloading the referral form and toolkit and returning the completed documents to CSE.referrals@childrenssociety.org.uk

Please note: usual waiting time to hear back is around two weeks but this can fluctuate dependent on number of referrals being dealt with.

Parenting support referrals

These can be made by phoning 01268 558 448 or downloading the referral form and returning the completed document to CareFamilySupport@barnados.org.uk

Contact information

Email our Service Manager: Leanne.Fuller@childrenssociety.org.uk

Phone: 01245 493 311 and ask to speak to a member of the C.A.R.E. team.