Child Criminal and Sexual Exploitation
Criminal and Sexual exploitation involves an individual, or group of adults, taking advantage of the vulnerability of an individual, or groups of children, or young people, and victims can be boys or girls. Children and young people are often unwittingly drawn in to criminal and sexual exploitation through the offer of friendship and care, gifts, drugs and alcohol, and sometimes accommodation. Sexual exploitation is a serious crime and can have a long-lasting adverse impact on a child's physical and emotional health. It may also be linked to child trafficking.
The Academy includes the risks of sexual exploitation in the PSHE and SRE curriculum and assemblies to all year groups. A common feature of sexual exploitation is that the child often doesn't recognise the coercive nature of the relationship and doesn't see themselves as a victim. The child may initially resent what they perceive as interference by staff, but staff must act on their concerns, as they would for any other type of abuse.
The Academy will engage with and make referrals to the MACE process and the REACH Team when and where appropriate and make an enquiry to MASH for any child that goes missing if they are not known to Children's Services. Follow the links below for more information.
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Child Sexual Exploitation