WHAT WE DO
We help young people to stay safe, by educating children and schools about how child exploitation and grooming works in rural and provincial areas and what to look out for and by teaching protective strategies.
We strengthen community knowledge of and responses to child exploitation by running awareness-raising campaigns and working closely with services. We help the families and carers of exploited young people and those at risk of exploitation through non-judgemental support and mentoring.
We put experts-by-experience at the centre of our work.
WHO WE ARE
We are a multi-disciplinary team of social work specialists in child exploitation and protection, child trauma and looked after children, teachers and experts-by-experience supported by business, legal and accountancy professionals.
We have trained police officers across the UK on child sexual exploitation and the psychological and emotional impact this has on victims and our work has resulted in changes relating to victim care and support. We have worked with the Detective Police Inspector who led the second Rochdale Child Sexual Exploitation police investigation, presented at the annual ACPO conference and advised CEOP and the Head of England's Chief Constables.
We have experience of leading in child exploitation in the region and have extensive, practical knowledge and experience of how the child exploitation operates in the south west and the impact it has both on individuals, families and on local communities.
What is child exploitation?
Child exploitation is the grooming and enslavement of children and young people for the purposes of making money through selling drugs, other illicit items and sexual abuse.
Criminals recruit and groom young people to transport and deliver drugs in and around the south west of England and outside the area. Extreme violence and intimidation is used to control and trap children and to isolate them from their families and schools. Young people, in particular girls are also sexually exploited. Vulnerable adults are also at risk.