From January 2023 any professional who has a concern that a child or group of children are at risk of exploitation within the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area can refer to the Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) Panel.


The MET panel consists of multi-agency partners which meet fortnightly to consider concerns about all forms of child exploitation, particularly focussing on identifying the links between young people, places they go to and the people who exploit them.


There are two ways that you can refer a child or young person to the MET Panel. You can:



If your referral is accepted you will be invited to attend the next available MET Panel. A MET referral does not replace established processes for all agencies to follow if they have a concern for a child that requires a referral to the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Professionals completing a referral to MASH where there are concerns regarding child exploitation should also consider making a referral to the MET Panel.