Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual 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 sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
County Lines gangs use children and vulnerable people to courier drugs and money. A young person’s involvement in county lines activity often leaves signs. A person might exhibit some of these signs, either as a member or as an associate of a gang dealing drugs. Any sudden changes in a person’s lifestyle should be discussed with them.
Some potential indicators of county lines involvement and exploitation are listed below:
Guidance for Professionals - Appropriate Language: Child Sexual and / or Criminal Exploitation
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If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or young person please complete the exploitation screen tool and/or contact any of the following:
During the day
Monday – Thursday, 8.45am – 5.15pm Friday, 8.45am – 4.45pm
The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Telephone: 0300 555 2866
Emergency Response Team
Telephone: 0300 555 2922 or 0300 555 2836