Introduction The purpose of Multi-Agency Sexual Exploitation (MASE) panels is to consider cases of high risk victims and offenders in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and the criminal justice response to offenders. A multiagency approach should ensure young people (YP) are supported by appropriate services including SRH.
Methods A retrospective review of a selection of MASE cohorts from 2016 from three services across England was undertaken. The names of YP were cross-referenced with the SRH clinic system in the locality to determine if they had accessed the service. Information was collected on reason for attendance, sexual health screening, contraception and gravidity. Data was analysed using Excel.
Results Of 92 young people discussed at MASE panel, 64 (69.6%) were known to SRH services. The age range was 12–19 years (median 16). Sixty (93.7%) were female. The most common reasons for attendance were request for contraception (35.9%), pregnancy testing (25%) and disclosure of sexual assault (10.9%).
19 (29.7%) individuals had tested positive for chlamydia on at least one occasion (25 episodes in total). Fourteen pregnancies were reported with 8 resulting in termination.
Discussion Rates of chlamydial infection and pregnancy were high among the MASE cohorts reviewed. The multi-agency response should provide an opportunity to address health needs of this vulnerable group. Interventions should be targeted accordingly including prioritising referral into SRH services into the care plans of those identified to be at risk of CSE.
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