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Joint inspection guidance: child sexual exploitation and missing children

This document should be read alongside the framework and inspection guidance for joint targeted area inspections (JTAI).

JTAIs include an evaluation of the multi-agency ‘front door’ for child protection, when children at risk of harm first become known to local services. This is a part of all JTAIs. They also include a ‘deep dive’ investigation. The deep dive is an evaluation of the experiences of children and young people at risk of a specific type (or types) of harm, or the support and care of children looked after and/or care leavers. This part of the JTAI will periodically change to investigate different themes.

Inspectors will use this guidance document when the deep dive focus is on children and young people:

  • who are at risk of, or who are experiencing sexual exploitation
  • who are at risk of, or who are experiencing criminal exploitation through association or involvement with gangs
  • who have been missing from home, care or education.