Safeguarding: Day five - exploitation

Fri, 19 Jun 2020

During Safeguarding Week, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and its partners are reminding the public about the services available to keep themselves, and everybody else, safe.

Each day, advice will be sent out on a theme, telling the community what signs they should be looking out for, and where to turn to if they have concerns about adults or children.

Although face-to-face events cannot be held during this year's event, messages on social media and the internet are telling the public that safeguarding services are still working round the clock in the East Riding.

The themes for the week are:

Monday: Keeping Safe

Tuesday: Domestic Abuse

Wednesday: Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Thursday: Online Safety

Friday: Exploitation

Councillor Vanessa Walker, portfolio holder for adult and carer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Often those suffering abuse or neglect do not realise or want to admit that they are a victim and so it is crucial that the awareness of these issues is raised so that people can be safeguarded appropriately."

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: "Keeping people safe from exploitation and harm is everyone's responsibility.

"If you are concerned about a child or young person, we need you to report it. There is a lot of help that is available for families."

For more information on safeguarding go to www.ersab.org.uk (adults) or www.erscp.co.uk (children).


Day five: Exploitation


Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) including 'County Lines' happens when anyone under the age of 18 is encouraged, forced or manipulated into criminal or sexual acts, often in exchange for something.

Exploitation of children is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere, regardless of their social or ethnic background. CCE and CSE can be carried out by individuals,  gangs or by groups. It can be motivated by money or by sexual gratification. But in all cases, there is an imbalance of power - vulnerable children are controlled and abused by adults or by other young people.

Young people, some as young as 12, are being exploited by criminal gangs to carry drugs from urban areas to coastal and market towns. Many of these children travel between cities and rural towns via trains private hire vehicles and taxis. This is known as 'County Lines'.

Information and Support

Safe Call (Missing Persons Charity) The Safe Call team are trained to support young people experiencing gang exploitation, and their parents. Call or text 116 000.

Fearless.org is a site where you can access non-judgmental information and advice about crime and criminality. It also provides a safe place to give information about crime anonymously. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

PACE - PACE works alongside parents and carers of children who are - or are at risk of being - sexually or criminally exploited by perpetrators external to the family. https://paceuk.info/

SPACE - Stop & Prevent Adolescent Criminal Exploitation - Guidance and support for parents for victims of criminal exploitation including County Lines. www.bespaceaware.co.uk


Modern slavery is the name given to criminal activities for people forced to work for others, by threats or blackmail. Treated as if they are owned, they are bought and sold like goods in a shop.

Whether it is forced labour, domestic servitude or human trafficking, modern slavery is more common than you might think.

If you are concerned about someone, help and advice is available from the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or contact Humberside Police on 101.

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