18 March 2021
National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding child exploitation (CE); encouraging everyone to think, spot, and speak out against abuse. The campaign calls for us all to take a zero tolerance approach to child sexual exploitation (CSE) and child criminal exploitation (CCE).
Catch22 have created a range of resources for professionals, and those who want to know more about child exploitation, which you can download below:
- “Are you listening?”: a video highlighting the experiences of young people
- Wisdom Wednesdays: child exploitation and criminal behaviour
- Spot the Signs: poster hub
Young people who have been supported by our Child Exploitation and Missing from Home services told us about their experience, and the help they received from Catch22.
Published to tie in with Child Exploitation Awareness Day, the latest blog in our Wisdom Wednesday series focuses on child exploitation and criminal behaviour and why we need to recognise that many young people involved in criminal activity are victims of grooming and violence.
Awareness of Child Exploitation (CE) has risen dramatically in recent years as the scale of the problem was unearthed in areas across the country. The issue has since been covered extensively on the news, in documentaries and TV dramas; but our teams find the early signs of exploitation are often still missed by the adults around a young victim.
- Posters for professionals
- Posters for parents and care givers
- Posters for using directly with young people
Please feel free to download, print, and share these materials with your networks.
Our experience tells us that victims of child criminal exploitation (CCE), child sexual exploitation (CSE) and those who go missing from home often display the same or similar characteristics and indicators. This poster, taken from our report on The Changing Needs of Victims, looks at signs to look out for.
Everyone needs strong, positive relationships in order to thrive. If young people trust the right adults around them, CSE can be stopped at an early stage. This poster is aimed to help professionals understand the signs of CSE and how to intervene at every point.
Groomers and abusers may sometimes use different techniques to draw boys in, but the outcome is the same. Our response should be the same too, but there are a number of additional things to think about. Learn about these things here.
Catch22 believe that children involved in criminality are victims first. Groomers exploit young people and force them to commit crimes. This poster outlines the pattern of exploitation we have seen in our Child Exploitation services.
Children may run away from home because they are unhappy or because they are being coerced and exploited. This poster shows you how to spot signs a child may be a runaway, and how to help them.
Spot the Signs: Prevent a young person going missing
Every 3 minutes a child runs away from home or care and each year 100,000 children go missing in the UK. These children are at risk of sexual exploitation, involvement in crime, substance misuse and homelessness. This poster, outlines some of the signs to look out for and what you can do next.
Children go missing for lots of reasons. When a child comes back, they often need additional support – but we can only find out what they need through talking to them in what’s commonly called a return home interview (RHI). This poster looks at some of the causes of a missing from home incident, and provides tips for parents on carers on what to do when a child returns.
Any extended period of unstructured time can cause friction between children and young people and those who care for them. Our CE teams share a few basic tips on how to work with children to agree strategies and keep them as safe as possible.
This poster looks at the factors that form a healthy relationship, whether between peers or adult and child. A useful tool for using directly with young people.
There are lots of organisations and charities offering free support to young people who may need extra help at the moment. Covering a wide range of topics, from youth crime to mental health support, there is someone you can talk to. We’ve outlined the ways you can get in touch with these organisations, so that you can access support quickly and easily if you need it.
Find out more:
- Discover our Child Exploitation and Missing from Home services
- Download our booklet for parents, carers and families about child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- Read more blogs in our Wisdom Wednesdays series