This is a multi-agency team to protect children against child exploitation. The Shield team aims to work together with children, families and the community to offer a range of services to reduce the risk of child exploitation by the following methods:

  • Conduct Child Sexual Exploitation criminal investigations, safeguarding investigations and intelligence development.
  • Co-ordination and oversight of missing and child exploitation cases.
  • Direct child sexual exploitation (CSE) / child criminal exploitation (CCE) specialist intervention with children and parents including Knowsley child looked after out of borough.
  • Direct intervention for young people who go missing.
  • Consultations on CSE/ CCE interventions.
  • Working with care homes across the borough in relation to child exploitation and missing children.
  • Operation Fairlop – outreach side of the team – training and presentations to schools, youth centres, colleges, professionals.