Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that we hope will help practitioners
understand more about our service – please get in touch if you have any questions!
How do I make a referral?
You need to get the young person’s permission for the referral to be made.
Our referral form is simple and can be found below. Once you have filled it in in as much information as possible, sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org (or get in touch for secure email contact details).
The referral is assessed as either Low, Medium or High risk of CSE. Once assessed, we get in touch to let you know the outcome and whether your referral can get support immediately or needs to go on a waiting list or whether other forms of support might be available.
As our service is voluntary – it is up to the young person to decide whether they want to access our services.
Who can make a referral?
Anyone can make a referral – a young person can make a referral themselves, as can their parents or practitioners/professionals.
Is there an age limit?
We work with girls and boys up to 18 (or up to 24 if there is a learning difficulty).
Which areas do you cover?
We have the capacity to work across York and North Yorkshire on an individual case management referral. We have three outreach workers who cover the following areas:
- York and Selby
- Harrogate and District
- Scarborough and Ryedale
What work do you carry out with young people?
Our specialist one to one work is made up of meetings with the young person at the place they feel most comfortable or where we can access them. We would normally see a young person once a week but this can change to meet learning styles and risk categories.
Our one to one confidential sessions are made up of a selection of topics to help the young person identify that they are at risk, or involved in child sexual exploitation, including specialist resources on: understanding the grooming process, the grooming stages, different grooming models, internet safety, Sexting, pornography, equal consensual and respectful relationships (and how to identify an abusive relationship) – reducing their risks of being vulnerable and the dangers of being missing. Each intervention is tailored to the individual and reviewed on a regular basis to see whether their risk is reducing.
We maintain regular contact with the professional who has referred the young person and often attend multi agency professional meetings, child in need, child protection and strategy discussions. However the work we do is confidential so unless there was an immediate safeguarding concern we would never go into detail about what the young person had informed us that was personal to them.
Is there a time limit on your work with the young person?
There is no time limit to the work we do. It could be done in 12 weeks or we can extend it to include additional resources and emotional support for as long as the young person feels like they need it.
Do you work with parents?
If the young person agrees, parents are made aware if we are working with their children, although the content of our sessions are not discussed unless the young person specifically wants us to.
We don’t offer direct support to parents and carers but can refer them to PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation).
Do you have any resources to sell?
Yes, we have a resource called Sick Party which shows the party lifestyle of grooming. It is used in our bespoke sessions and we have had fantastic feedback from young people and professionals alike! For resources for primary school children Alright Charlie , accompanying workbook for young people and teacher and professionals guidance has been developed in partnership with The BLAST Project.
We also talk about resources that are available on training courses delivered by us or Basis Training. For more information on our training and resources visit Basis Training website and have a look at our Training page.
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