Child Exploitation occurs where an individual or group take advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into Sexual or Criminal activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.
The victim may have been exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Home Office September 2018.
If you are worried that a child is in immediate danger dial 999
Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Berkshire have come together to tackle the criminal exploitation of children.
Children as young as 10 and sometimes even younger are being put in danger by people who are taking advantage of how vulnerable they are.
Are you concerned that a child is being exploited?
Our new simple screening tool will help you.
What is the simple screening tool?
This tool is for anyone who works with children, including those who work in the voluntary sector. If you are worried that a child may be being exploited, this tool gives you a list of indicators to help you work it out and take appropriate action.
Often, children do not recognise themselves as victims, or that they are being groomed, and as a result disclosures of such abuse can be unlikely. Therefore, this indicator tool aids the identification of exploitation.
The Team Manager for Child Exploitation provides a dedicated resource to develop and progress work in relation to Child Exploitation. If you wish to contact the Team Manager for Child Exploitation or find out more about becoming one of our CSE Champions the please email: email@example.com.
For information and guidance on how to support parents, please visit the Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) UK website: www.paceuk.info/
For information on CSE, please visit the Barnado’s website: www.barnardos.org.uk/
If you are worried about a child for any reason, please see this page: LSCB Worried About A Child.
Children who go missing
Missing episodes can sometimes be an indicator of, or make a child vulnerable to, child exploitation.
If a child or young person goes missing, no-one knows where they are and no-one can get hold of them it is important that parents/carers/family members report them missing. This can be done by telephoning the Police on 101.
Once the child/young person has returned the Police will undertake a safe and well check, and then an independent return interview will be offered.
The return interview provides the child/young person with the opportunity to discuss, in confidence, anything of concern that is going on in their life either at home/care or out in the community.
Who to contact
0118 937 3641 (Office hours only)
01344 786543 (Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team)