The Home Office defines Child Criminal Exploitation as:
"Child Criminal Exploitation... occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18. The victim may have been criminally exploited even if the activity appears consensual. Child Criminal Exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology. Criminal exploitation of children... includes for instance children forced to work on cannabis farms or to commit theft."
All agencies across Coventry are committed to safeguarding children and young people from being exploited. Some common forms of child exploitation include sexual (CSE), child trafficking, modern slavery, radicalisation and violent extremism and criminal exploitation (for example County Lines).
Young people may be exploited into criminal activity or violence by other young people or by adults. Child exploitation occurs across all communities and whilst some young people may have extra additional vulnerabilities or protective factors, no child is immune to possible attempts to exploit them.
Any sudden changes in a young person's lifestyle should be discussed with them, and the following signs may be a cause for concern:
If you would like more information or resources on different types of Child Exploitation please refer to our specific sections, and visit the Horizon Team's exploitation pages. However, the arena of Child Exploitation is constantly evolving and changing, if you have a concern please see the contact details below to discuss a specific case.
If you think a child is in immediate danger always call the emergency services on 999.
To discuss a non-emergency matter with the Police call 101.
If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of harm, but there is no immediate danger, or you need advice or information, please call Coventry Children's Social Care at the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 024 7678 8555.
Out of office hours please call the Emergency Duty Social Worker on 024 7683 2222.
The CSCP provides various training in areas linked to child exploitation, please see our training brochure 2019/2020 for courses available.
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