Exploitation can be defined as “the use of something in order to get an advantage from it”, and we as a sub-group specifically tackle the manipulation of children and young people for personal gain, normally where the manipulator is an adult and has a degree of power over the child.
More about Child Sexual Exploitation from our friends at The Children’s Society.
What do we do? (and how can we prove it!)
- We run fun and informative workshops to various organisations and groups, including Scouts and the Princes Trust, informing young people of the signs of exploitative relationships and situations, and what to do if they suspect themselves or a friend to be in one. We’ve received positive feedback from both the young people and their mentors
- 2 mentors of our exploitation subgroup, Amelia and Julia, have given youth a voice at the Child Exploitation Board – they sit on the group and have even co-chaired before!
- 3 of our amazing members attend each of the local Harmful Practices groups and the Strategic Group
- We have met productively with the Children’s Society to see what links there are to support each other’s work
Our social medias
We are active as a sub-group across the Youth Commission’s social media pages, particularly the Instagram with both posts and stories surrounding the signs of exploitation, types of exploitation, interactive quizzes, county lines and more. Why not follow us and help us share our messages?
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Support for you
- Childline – a free, confidential phone line that can help those 18 or under with any issue they’re experiencing, through calls with trained counsellors, including those being exploited criminally, sexually or in any other way. Their number is 0800 1111
- Victim Care Service – an independent charity who provide support for those who’ve suffered trauma from crime, offering help to them and making their voices heard at local and national levels, they can give you 24 hour support 365 days a year.
- Barnardo’s – protecting, supporting and nurturing vulnerable children across the UK, including a specific focus on those dealing with the trauma of sexual abuse and exploitation
- Gangsline a brilliant organisation who offer help and support to young people who’ve become involved in gang culture, focusing on exit strategies so young men and women can get their lives back on track.