#LookCloser: The work that we are doing to support campaign around child exploitation.
Posted on 14th October 2021 at 13:19
Exploitation is everywhere, and unfortunately the signs aren't always obvious.
We, as a Trust, fully support The Children's Society's #LookCloser campaign.
The campaign, developed in partnership with the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and British Transport Police, encourages everyone to learn the signs of child exploitation and how to report it.
Whether it's online or offline, young people are sadly being groomed into exploitation.
This includes exploitation such as:
Being sexually abused
Forced into labour
Made to launder money for criminals
Coerced into committing crimes
Please click the following link to find out more information about where young victims of child exploitation are most visible.
This week, Kayleigh Jackson and Mark Morton from our Premier League Kicks Targeted Team have been located at Hull Fair to ensure that young people keep themselves safe amongst all of the fun and excitement.
The Targeted Kicks Programme has been designed to divert young people away from serious youth violence, knife crime, gang membership, child criminal and sexual exploitation by forming trusted relationships with those identified at being at risk.
We are incredibily grateful for all of the hard and dedicated work our team do to ensure that young people stay safe across Hull and East Riding.
If something doesn't feel right, don't wait, report it.
Call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency
You can also report to the police online. Only report your concerns when it is safe for you to do so, even if this is after the event that your concerns initially arose. Do not attempt to intervene yourself.
Text the British Transport Police on 61016
If you are on a train, you can text the British Transport Police. Information on routes of travel, addresses, appearance, and behaviour of a child can all help to protect young people.
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
If you have information on child exploitation and abuse or suspect it may be happening but want to remain completely anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online or on the phone.
Call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC helpline is staffed by trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support if you’re concerned about a child.
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