Make a Change
The Suffolk Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution Strategy-October 2011 (PDF 105kb) refers to any sexual exploitation or prostitution relating to adults. The strategy also includes advice and guidance regarding concerns about the sexual exploitation of children up to the age of 18.
The Strategy is there to ensure that people know what to do when they come across children being sexually exploited for some kind of gain, e.g. money, phones, alcohol, drugs, accommodation. Sometimes this type of exploitation involves the movement of children within the county and throughout the UK. This is internal trafficking.
The strategy also ensures that the public know that there is a commitment to identifying premises throughout Suffolk, including those where there is trafficking into the country of foreign nationals, and prosecuting those who run them and profit from them. New legislation which is now part of the Sexual Offences Act means that it is now an offence for adults to buy sex from anyone who has been forced to sell sex against their will. Not knowing that the person has been coerced is not a defence.
If you are worried about child sexual exploitation you should contact us through Customer First on 0808 800 4005 (Freephone from landlines and some mobiles) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are worried about individual adult you can contact the ‘Make a Change Team’ on 01473 282352 to talk to a member of staff, or email email@example.com for advice. If you are a professional working with an individual you can also, if you have the permission of the individual, make a referral to the team by completing the referral form and faxing to our secure fax on 01473 408136.
Once you have spoken to the team, if you are a professional working with the individual you can also, if you have the permission of the individual, make a referral to the team by completing the relevant referral form which the team can send you.
The Make a Change team includes specialist police officers and support workers who have experience of exploitation and trafficking. The Make a Change Team is based in Ipswich and covers all areas of Suffolk. There are also three leaflets in support of our work: Preventing abuse through sexual exploitation (PDF 1.19mb); Supporting children under 18 at risk of sexual exploitation (PDF 899kb) and Prevention and support to exit prostitution (PDF 908kb).
You can access more information from the Annual Report 2010-2011 (PDF 171kb) and from the Suffolk Safeguarding Guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation.
The Home Office Review of Effective Practice in Responding to Prostitution supports local areas in identifying and tackling issues they may be experiencing as a result of prostitution. The impact on local communities, the police, and particularly the safety of people involved in prostitution, are emphasised throughout. The review draws on a number of field visits and case studies from across the country, highlighting examples of effective practice.