Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG)
About the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG)
Our two-year Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG) will be conducted under the Children's Commissioner's powers in the Children Act 2004. In doing so, we aim to throw light on the scale, scope, nature and extent of the sexual exploitation, victimisation and abuse that girls and boys in England are subjected by street gangs and loosely formed groups.
The CSEGG Inquiry began in October 2011, at that time the data, based on limited reporting, indicated that up to 10,000 children may be affected. Previous research conducted by ROTA, CEOP and the University of Bedfordshire revealed serious and violent sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
During year one of the Inquiry, we will gather evidence to find out the true picture and to highlight where there is good practice to support and identify children and young people in these circumstances. The Inquiry interim report was published on 21 November 2012. We also published an accelerated report on the Inquiry, with a special focus on children in care, for the Secretary of State for Education in July 2012.
Year two of the Inquiry will focus on remedial action required to address gang and group-associated child sexual exploitation, victimisation and abuse only.
At the end of the two-years, the Inquiry will:
1. Make recommendations to national action plans and related policies to prevent, address, and combat gang and group-associated CSEGG including identifying and promoting best practice.
2. Make recommendations to central and local government, the NHS, police and other key agencies on how to: combat gang and group-associated sexual exploitation, victimisation, and abuse of children; develop preventative programmes; and deliver effective intervention and rehabilitation for victims.
3. Influence and advise local authority child protection services, local safeguarding and health and well-being boards, police and crime commissioners, amongst other local stakeholders to recognise and respond to gang and group-associated sexual exploitation, victimisation and abuse as a pernicious form of sexual abuse and meet their obligations to protect victim.
The CSEGG Inquiry Process:
Under the powers granted to the Children's Commissioner in the Children Act 2004 the CSEGG Inquiry will use the following methods to develop our evidence base:
1) Call for evidence
2) Data requests to national and local statutory bodies to access data on children who are being, or who meet the risk indicators of being, sexually exploited, victimised and abused in gang and group contexts, of which non-compliance can be sanctioned with a fine or imprisonment
3) Oral evidence sessions with the Inquiry panel
4) Area and service visits
5) Review individual case files of incidents which were recorded as, or indicate the possibility of, gang and group-associated child sexual exploitation, victimisation and abuse
6) Visit children in a range of services using our right of entry powers in the Children Act 2004
For further information please contact the CSEGG Inquiry Secretariat: email@example.com
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Phase Two Call for Evidence- Autumn 2012
CSEGG Inquiry Terms of Reference
Proposed timeline and milestones for the two-year CSEGG Inquiry:
- October 2011 to January 2012 - Phase one evidence gathering
- November 2011 to March 2012 - Oral evidence sessions held. Inquiry visits are made
- Summer 2012 - Accelerated report, with a specific focus on children in care, published for the Secretary of State for Education
- Autumn 2012 - Interim report published
- September 2012 to February 2013 - Phase two evidence gathering
- October 2012 to April 2013 - Oral evidence sessions held. Inquiry visits are made
- Autumn/Winter 2013 - Final Inquiry report published
- Winter 2013 - Responses to report requested