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Understanding New Methods of Child Criminal Exploitation

There were 12,720 children identified by social services as being at risk of child criminal exploitation by gangs between March 2021-2022. In this video, Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work at the National Youth Agency discusses some of the challenges young people face which make them vulnerable to criminal exploitation and how services can better engage with them to provide support.

Protecting Girls and Young Women from Criminal Exploitation and Violence

It is often thought that only boys are criminally exploited but research by The Children’s Commissioner reveals that girls account for 34% of children aged under 17 involved in gangs in England. In this video Sherry Peck, Chief Executive of Safer London addresses the less well-known role of girls in criminal networks and discusses contextual safeguarding approaches to improve support programmes focused on rehabilitating females affected by violence and exploitation.

Preventing Child Exploitation: Identifying Vulnerable Young People and Intervening Early

Over 12,500 children in England were identified as being at risk of criminal exploitation in March 2020-21. Alex Bridge, Service Manager at Southend Borough Council, shares how the ‘See the Signs’ campaign has raised local community awareness of child exploitation to improve early intervention responses from councils and protect at risk individuals.

Missing the Point: Reducing the Risk of Children in Care going Missing

Children in care are more likely to be reported missing than other children. This leaves them vulnerable to criminal and sexual exploitation. This article explores what the National Youth Advocacy Service is doing to ensure looked after children don't go missing.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: Discussion with Becky Fedia and Geoff Thompson

Becky Fédia, National Programme Manager, Disrupting Exploitation Programme at The Children’s Society and Geoff Thompson MBE, Founder and Chair of Youth Charter take audience questions.

Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime: Preventing Children from being Exploited by County Lines Gangs

Becky Fédia, National Programme Manager, Disrupting Exploitation Programme at The Children’s Society speaks about child criminal exploitation at the Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference 2020.