Making Children Safer in Northamptonshire - Guidance for Health Care Staff

It is the responsibility of every NHS organisation to ensure that people in vulnerable circumstances are safe and receive the highest possible standard of care.  NHS Nene and NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for ensuring safe systems of care that safeguard children at risk of abuse or neglect.  The CCGs Quality & Safeguarding Team ensure that they have robust structures, systems, standards and an assurance framework which enables compliance with legal and local government arrangements.

NHS Nene and Corby CCG have issued a “Making Children Safer in Northamptonshire” guidance leaflet for health care staff that has been widely distributed across health care provider organisations and through the CCG localities to GPs.

Sexual Exploitation
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. Sexual abuse may involve physical contact, including assault, penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside clothing. It may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in the production of sexual images, forcing children to look at sexual images or watch sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).

NSCB CSE Toolkit contains help and advice.  If making a referral, complete assessment form and send to

Police RISE team:  for information and to make a referral.  RISE team can be contacted on 01604 888345:

Child sexual exploitation involves situations, contexts or relationships in which a person under 18 is given something, such as food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts or money in return for performing sexual activities or having sexual activities performed on them. It can also involve violence, coercion and intimidation, with threats of physical harm or humiliation.

The AIM team has launched a force wide gangs intervention called CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence), it is based on a programme of the same name which ran in Glasgow and was the most successful gang intervention anywhere in the world. The website has a lot of information and support.  To refer yourself or someone else to CIRV please click on the Link below and then the CIRV referral tab:

Also To Report online, Visit Northants Police Home page and click on GANGS (see below link)

County Lines:
Guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines, part of the government’s approach to ending gang violence and exploitation

 Detective Inspector Carrie Powers : County Line Tactical Coordination & Support  Officer (TCSO) (email for help and advice only)

To Submit Intelligence Online:

Or Call FIB (Intelligence unit) on 101 to discuss specific information or intelligence on Gangs/County Lines

Missing Persons
For advice or to discuss a case under investigation, Email, or Call 101 extension 341015.

To report a NEW Missing Person, call 101.

Failing all of the above, you can of course call our Non-Emergency Number 101.

Northamptonshire’s Pledge to Children in Care and Care Leavers
Northamptonshire’s updated Pledge to Children in Care and Care Leavers is now live on the Young Northants website. The Pledge sets out our commitment to making sure these children and young people receive the same care we would want for our own children at home.

The contents of the Pledge reflect our ambitions and what young people themselves have said is important to them. It can be used as a checklist by young people themselves to record where they think we are doing what we should, and where we are falling short.  Each section of the Pledge has an allocated lead officer responsible for making sure it is kept, and all of our team members and partners are expected to make sure their work with children in care and care leavers helps to fulfil the Pledge.

The Northamptonshire Corporate Parenting Board will make sure that progress against the Pledge is reported and discussed at every meeting.

Last updated: 27/01/2020