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What is exploitation?

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It is important to acknowledge harm facing children and young people and to help them, their parents and carers to understand the threats but to know where to get help and support.

It is important to remember that all forms of Exploitation do not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

What is child criminal exploitation?

Criminal exploitation involves taking advantage of vulnerable people and forcing them to engage in various forms of criminal activity. The victim may have been criminally exploited even if it appears consensual.

This can involve a young person being involved with offending such as theft and robbery and developing a criminal record, withdrawing from school and being involved with gangs and at risk of increased involvement and risk of violence.

County lines are a network between an urban centre and county location where drugs are sold often over a mobile phone. Children and vulnerable people are used to transport drugs, cash or even weapons. It can involve intimidation, blackmail and serious violence.

What is child sexual exploitation?

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they’re given things such as gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities.
Children and young people are often tricked into believing they’re in a loving and consensual relationship. This is called grooming. They may trust their abuser and not understand that they’re being abused.

PARENTS & carers

In an emergency

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger call the police on 999 or use the button below to call.

CALL 999

For a non-emergency please use the links below

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Call 101

Call Sussex Police 101 or submit an online report

Submit report to Sussex police
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Report anonymously

If you prefer not to report to the police you can contact Social Services within your local Council, or you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers

report anonymously to Crimestoppers
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How to report

We provide you with a safe place to give information about crime - 100% anonymously.

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West Sussex Children’s Social Care

The Integrated Front Door (IFD) is the single point of contact for a family to get the right help at the right time. The IFD team deals with all safeguarding enquires for children and young people in West Sussex. It brings together expert professionals, from services that have contact with children, young people and families, and makes the best possible use of their combined knowledge and resources to keep children safe from harm and promote these and their family’s wellbeing.

Visit West Sussex Children’s Social Care website

USEFUL CONTACTS FOR Parents and carers

There’s a wide range of sources of help and advice available to parents and carers who have concerns about children or have been affected by, or at risk of, violence and exploitation. Below are links to useful websites and contacts of some organisations that you can contact for information and support.

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Safe Place Sussex

Sussex based website which gives advice and support relating to all crime types and a useful option to browse local support.

Browse local support on the link below:

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Missing People

Away from home? Thinking of Leaving Home? Returned Home?

We’re here for you, day and night. We can talk to you about what’s going on, in confidence and without judgement.

Call or text: 116 000 or email 116000@missingpeople.org.uk

Visit MISSING PEOPLE website
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Support and tips to help you keep children safe, advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.

Helpline for support and advice on 0808 800 5000

Visit NSPCC website
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Works alongside parents and carers of children who are or are at risk of being exploited. Their website provides information and guidance on how child exploitation affects the whole family.

They can also provide 1:2:1 telephone advice sessions 0113 240 3040

Visit PACE website
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Internet Matters

Internet Matters is a website that has a wealth of information and tips on the practical use of social networking sites and clear advice on how to use and implement parental controls on devices.

Visit Internet MatterS website
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Stop it Now!

Is a useful website for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse.  You can call their confidential helpline on 0808 100 900 if you’re worried about the sexual behaviour of another adult towards children or concerned about the worrying sexual behaviour of a child or young person.

Visit STOP IT NOW website
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Helps keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. They offer help and advice to parents and carers. You can also make a report if something has happened to your child online which has made either you or them feel unsafe.

Visit CEOP website
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Victim Support

Victim Support is the national charity for victims of crime in England and Wales. You can call their Support line for free on 0808 168 9111 or request support online via their website.

Visit Victim Support website
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The National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247, run by Refuge provides confidential advice and support. You can also access support online.

Visit The National Domestic Abuse Helpline website
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Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid provide information and advice for women affected by domestic abuse. Online support can also be accessed via their website.

Visit Women’s Aid website
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Think U Know

Online Safety advice
Send me a pic? An education resource on the consensual and non-consensual sharing of nude images among young people.

Visit Think U Know website
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Change, grow, live

Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network. A free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults aged 25+ (including offenders) families and affected others.

Visit Change, grow, live website
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SPACE is a self-funded organisation founded in response to the national prevalence of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and the County Lines phenomenon which has entrenched thousands of young children and people into serious violence and organised crime.

Visit SPACE website
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Arun District Council
Civic Centre Maltravers Rd
Littlehampton West Sussex
BN17 5LF

Contact us on 01903 737 500
Email us at community.safety@arun.gov.uk
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