As often stated, the role of the VERU is to use a multi-agency approach to tackle violence and exploitation.
True to our mantra, our Youth Intervention Specialist (YIS) team are proud to share a perfect example of how partnership working can disrupt exploitation, while helping victims become survivors.
Identified as a regular missing person, and often absent from school, the YIS team were made aware of a young person that was suspected of being a victim of exploitation by older men, after receiving a referral from Children's Services.
Through shared information between partners, including 'C's school and Bedfordshire Police, YIS worker Roseann was able to bridge the gap between 'C' and local authorities. This led to the identification of the perpetrator and ultimately the disruption of communication with 'C'.
Over a period of time Roseann was able to instigate a managed move, ensuring 'C' was in appropriate accommodation that could support their needs. As a result we are thrilled to share that 'C' is not only back in school and thriving, but they are also regularly attending one of the VERU's commissioned projects.
Roseann said: "As a whole this is a fantastic success story. However, a notable take away for me would be 'C's change in perspective.
"When I first met with 'C', they were adamant that there was no issue with their relationship with the perpetrator. But towards the end of our time together, 'C' said that they can now see how they were being exploited and that the behaviour of the perpetrator was not okay."
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