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Children’s Social Care

We care deeply about the families we work with and put the welfare and life chances of children and young people at the heart of everything we do.


Child Exploitation

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.

If you are worried that a child is in immediate danger dial 999

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 (download Word document) 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.

If you have any concerns about a child or young person you can complete the tool and/or contact Children’s Single Point of Access – contact details at the bottom of this page

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.

Resources and Useful Contacts

The Child Exploitation & Missing Children Team provide a dedicated resource to develop and progress work in relation to Child Exploitation.

If you wish to contact the Team Manager or find out more about becoming one of our Reading CE Champions the please email:

Who to contact


0118 937 3641 (Office hours only)
01344 786543 (Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team)



Children’s Single Point of Access Referral Form

Report concerns about a child

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