Child exploitation and grooming
Every child is at risk of exploitation and grooming. This can happen at anytime and anywhere. It is vitally important that parents and carers understand what exploitation is, how it happens, how to recognise the signs and where to go for help.
Please spend a few moments reading the information below. If you have any questions or would like information or support, please speak to Mrs Ledger, our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The More You Know - The More You See
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual exploitation is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere - regardless of their social or ethnic background.
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PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation), in partnership with Virtual College, has launched an interactive online information package for parents on the signs of child sexual exploitation. The free tool is designed to equip parents with the information and knowledge to safeguard children from this abuse.
Click here to visit their website.
If you have any concerns that a child you know may be a victim of child sexual exploitation report it to your local police on 101.
Alternatively you can report it to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
In an emergency or if a crime is ongoing always dial 999.
Child Criminal Exploitation
Child Criminal Exploitation is a form of modern slavery that takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child under the age of 18. Victims may be forced to work under the control of criminals or gangs in activities such as begging, shoplifting, pickpocketing, cannabis cultivation, drug dealing and financial exploitation. Children who are being exploited need our help. These are some of the things you may notice:
If you suspect someone is a victim of criminal exploitation, ring the Safeguarding and Partnership Hub on 01482 395500. If you feel that there is an immediate risk of harm, ring 999.
Grooming is when someone convinces a child, young person, vulnerable person, family or carer that they are a safe and trustworthy person so that they can exploit a child. Grooming can happen to anyone.
People can be groomed on-line or face-to-face, by a stranger or by someone they know. Online groomers tend to hide their identity and pretend to be the same age as the child.
A groomer can make a person feel like they are the only person who will listen to them, pay them compliments, show interest in them and make them feel special.
If you think that a child is at risk or you suspect someone is grooming a child, please contact Humberside Police on 101. For online grooming, go to: www.ceop.police.uk/CEOP-Reporting.
The various stages of the grooming process are detailed below: