Mar 05

Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation – It was hard to escape

This review sets out recommendations and findings for government and local safeguarding partners to protect children at risk of criminal exploitation.

It is children who died or experienced serious harm where criminal exploitation was a factor.

Adolescents at risk of criminal exploitation is the focus of the first national review. It Was Hard to Escape: Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation, examines 21 cases where children died or were seriously harmed, in which criminal exploitation was a factor. The review identifies areas of innovative good practice and contains recommendations at local and national level.

Our children face a number of challenges to their safety and wellbeing today – none more complex and damaging than criminal exploitation. Being drawn into exploitative situations, where children can be both victims and perpetrators of serious harm, can have severe consequences for them and for their families, friends and communities.

In Croydon, the Thematic Review of Vulnerable Adolescents (2019) found some similar themes as those shown in this national review – you can read the Croydon Thematic Review  of Vulnerable Adolescents here

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Met Police
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