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What is Child Exploitation?

 

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Criminal Exploitation (Operation Henderson)

Criminal Exploitation includes gang crime and county lines. A Operation Henderson vulnerable girlgang may claim control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent behaviour or other types of criminal activity. County lines is when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit children to sell drugs. They may make them travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs.

 

Young people who are being criminally exploited often use public transport (trains, buses and taxis) to get around. Find out more about safeguarding young people on public transport and how to spot the signs of criminal exploitation.

 

 


 

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Online Exploitation

Sometimes grooming and sexual exploitation takes place online. Make sure you know how to keep your children safe. Our Parent's Did You Know Campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers your child could face online and provides practical advice on how to keep your child safe. Campaign resources include videos and podcasts. 

If you are worried about something that has happened online, help is available. Find out more about Online Exploitation and Safety here.


 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse, when a child is made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol. Sexual abuse can include lots of things like rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment,  online grooming and domestic abuse or violence.

 

This parent leaflet is a useful guide to help you talk to your child about CSE. 

 


Trafficking/modern slavery

Trafficking is where children and young people are tricked, forced or persuaded to leave their homes and are moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold. It can happen to anyone. A child could only be taken next door or down the road – it’s still classed as trafficking.

 

Young people who are being trafficked/exploited often use public transport (trains, buses and taxis) to get around. Find out more about safeguarding young people on public transport and how to spot the signs of exploitation.

 

 

How can I support my child?

You can discuss the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships with your children, this is really important in helping highlight potential risks to them.

There are also practical steps you can take, such as:

 

This parent leaflet is a useful guide to help you talk to your child about CSE. 

 

What to do if your child goes missing

If your child does not return home when you expect them to and you are worried, in the first instance you should try and find out where they are. Contact relatives or friends to see if they have seen them or know where they are. You should also search your property and local area to see if you can locate them. You should also:

 

However, if your child is missing or has run away from home, you must contact the police. Dial 999 in an emergency situation or call your local police force immediately on 101.

 

If you cannot locate your child following a telephone and physical search then you should report them missing to the police by dialing 101. You do not have to wait 24 hours before reporting them missing.

 

Find out more about Missing Children and what to do.