CESIUM application has been built with safeguarding professionals as a tool to inform and support their work in combating and preventing child exploitation.
Innovative Technology for Child Safeguarding
- Early identification of children vulnerable to exploitation and provide insights relating to risk of harm
- Investigate the vulnerability and risk context of children relating to other people and locations
- Secure and ethical partnership data sharing
- Harm reduction through early intervention opportunities
- Strengthen professional judgement and partnership working
CESIUM does not seek to make those judgements and is transparent about how insights are created, encouraging professional curiosity, better and earlier decision making.
Child Exploitation is a Priority
The National Crime Agency report and the Children’s Commissioner recognise that the true scale of children and young people being abused and exploited is difficult to determine and remains a clear intelligence gap. We do not know the real number of those affected and a large number of young people remain hidden without any support.
The Children’s Commissioner for England in 2018 warned that up to 30,000 to 50,000 young people could be affected in Britain by county lines only, without taking into account other types of children exploitation.
To ensure that CESIUM is effective and fit-for-purpose, Trilateral Research has engaged across the UK’s safeguarding network. Activities in CESIUM are being shared with the data analytics workstream of the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) to complement their current approach.
CESIUM makes use of STRIAD®, Trilateral’s cloud-based data-driven risk assessment platform, with disruptive algorithms built via privacy-by-design and data ethics best practice.
Lincolnshire Police, has joined in the co-design process, and will be early adopters of the new solution which will support their approach to child safeguarding.
CESIUM is also supported by NWG Exploitation Response Unit – a charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 14,500 practitioners who disseminate information through their services, to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the UK.