SIPPS provides practitioners and investigators with a new approach to the investigation / assessment of, and intervention in, cases of Sexual Exploitation, Modern Slavery, Trafficking of Human Beings and general violence, harassment and intimidation.
The model emphasises that abuse and exploitation can be placed upon both a temporal and developmental continuum.
There is a Past: Exploitation and abuse does not happen in a vacuum, it exists because there is a demand for children and vulnerable adults to exploit and some people may be more likely to be exploited or exploiters than others. Therefore it is crucial to make sense of the context from which the victim and abuser have come.
The Present is the Current Context in Which The Perpetrators and Vulnerable Person Exist: How do they make sense of their predicament, what are their beliefs and relationships to and with each other?
There is a Future to Plan For: What will happen in the short, medium and long term both with and without intervention?
SIPPS is a pathway intended principally for use in the assessment of risk and can be used to contribute to safety and rehabilitation planning, Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) and Suspect Interview Strategies and disruption and prosecution strategies in cases of actual or suspected Trafficking, Slavery, Servitude and Sexual Exploitation. It works especially well in the context of multi-disciplinary or team settings and is well suited to the Systemic Unit Model of Social Work and Joint Police and Social Care investigations. It can be used as an initial assessment tool, or as a method of monitoring and measuring progress by applying and coding the items periodically during the implementation of safety plans and direct working with victims and perpetrators.