Catch22 has vast experience of delivering effective Child Exploitation, Missing and Gang services throughout the UK. The model implemented in Kent Gangs and County Lines mirrors our provisions in other areas of the country and adopts the existing processes and structures of the CSE and Missing Service. Kent Gangs and County Lines have supported the setting up of our new National County Line Rescue and Recovery service by sharing their knowledge and resources in order to help establish the service efficiently as well as work closing with them with Young People who move between areas.
Their staff are constantly seeking new and updated resources within the field of exploitation and have access to a huge library of these through the different services across Catch22. These resources are categorised under the subject matters we tackle such as Grooming, Online safety, CSE etc. They also use in addition to the CRE Toolkit, an internal assessment tool called ‘Outcome Star’. This helps to guide and capture the work they undertake and all support is bespoke to each individual young person. They always use a solution-focused approach in their support, which is particularly effective when working with CSE/CCE.
Delivering both preventative and protective interventions, they support children and young people up to the age of 25, who are at risk of child criminal exploitation (CCE) and county lines in Kent and Medway. Focusing on each young person’s individual needs, and working alongside their close relatives and immediate support network, they put together a bespoke programme of support to reduce risk and help young people to cope and, as far as possible recover from the impact of exploitation.
Delivered by their team of specialist caseworkers, their interventions take a holistic, trauma-informed approach that is appropriate to the age, risk and experiences of the young person. Depending on their individual needs and circumstances, young people receive support on subjects including (but not limited to) healthy relationships, choices and consequences, understanding relationships, knife crime and the law, sexual health advice, substance misuse and more.
Their provision is not time-limited, so they are able to offer both short and long-term interventions where necessary.
They also help young people to access other services where it is thought additional support would be beneficial.
Co-funded by the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner and the VRU
PCC Matthew Scott says:
“I’m delighted to welcome Catch22 to Kent and Medway. Protecting people from exploitation and harm is a priority in my new Police and Crime Plan. If we fail young people, we not only create problems for the future, but we waste potential talent. I’m hoping that with the intervention services Catch22 provide, we will help support and provide opportunities for vulnerable young people across the county.”