Vulnerable Child And Adolescent Subgroup

Workstream 3 Contextual Safeguarding – lead Detective Superintendent Andrew Wadey

The Vulnerable Child & Adolescent  (VCA) Subgroup is supported by task & finish groups to take forward  contextual safeguarding practice developments alongside the scrutiny of the Multi-Agency Child Exploitation (MACE) strategic Panel and MARVE (Pre-MACE) operational Panel. (Multi Agency Vulnerability to Exploitation). This workstream considers modern slavery, missing children, trafficking, Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB), gangs and groups, serious youth violence, Child Sexual Exploitation, knife crime, and Child Criminal Exploitation. It has a working relationship with the Community Safety Partnerships in each borough, who hold the Youth Safety Strategies.

The Vulnerable Child and Adolescent Subgroup is  a two borough Subgroup chaired by DCI Clive Vale and Alison Twynam, Director of Children's Social Care, AfC. The group meets quarterly and looks at all issues related to vulnerable children and adolescents related to exploitation, including trafficking,  gangs and groups, Harmful Sexual Behaviour, substance use, sexual exploitation, knife crime, radicalisation, missing children  and the performance of the MARVE (Multi-Agency Risk and Vulnerable to Exploitation) Panel, which meets monthly. 

  • Provide clarity on how safeguarding is addressed within the specific priority areas of child  exploitation (CE), and address agencies' responses to managing young people missing from home, care or school
  • Have a clear understanding of the local situation regarding children and young people missing from home, care, or school and incorporate national learning and local learning into the subgroups terms of reference and meeting agenda
  • Have a clear understanding of the prevalence of CE throughout Richmond and Kingston and incorporate national and local learning into the group’s terms of reference and meeting agenda
  • The group will be mindful of the increased risk of CE for children privately fostered or trafficked.


Please click here to view the terms of referrence.