12 August 2018
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.
For this reason, we’ve decided to produce a series of posters that shine a light on this issue, and the ways to help a young person.
We’ll be adding a new poster each month for you to download, print off and share with your networks. Most of the materials are most relevant for professionals who work with children, but the content is useful for anybody who wants to know more about CE.
So far we have produced:
What makes a good relationship?
– looking at the factors that form a healthy relationship, whether between peers or adult and child. A useful tool for using directly with young people.
Spotting a runaway child: 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.
Keeping children safe during school holidays- a guide for parents and care givers–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.
Child Criminal Exploitation- How do gangs recruit and coerce young people– 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.
Push and Pull Factors: what causes a child to go missing– looking at the many causes of a missing from home incident, includes tips for parents and carers on what to do when a child returns.
Positive relationships break the CSE cycle – a poster for professionals to understand the signs of CSE and how to intervene at every point.
Spot the Signs– a poster for parents to help them if they think their child might be being exploited, or may be about to go missing.
Think Boys– a poster for any professional to highlight that boys can be victims of CSE too.
- Catch22 run CSE and Missing services in locations across the country- find out more here.
- Our CSE teams are also increasingly working with children who have been criminally exploited; you can find out more about this and sign up for updates here.