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Recruitment, control, exploitation: Spotting the signs of child exploitation

Recruitment, control, exploitation – the three key stages of child exploitation must be understood by school staff. Dawn Jotham offers her advice to help us identify students at risk, including spotting the various signs

Child exploitation has been a growing concern over recent years. Although by no means a new risk, increasing reports of abuse and exploitation – such as the county lines phenomenon – have brought the issue to the forefront of safeguarding.

But such a sensitive topic needs careful – and swift – handling, and so we need to first ensure that teachers and schools have the knowledge, skills and policies in place necessary to effectively support their students.

It is important to recognise that there are several different forms of child exploitation. While sexual exploitation is often in the headlines, the term child exploitation essentially refers to a form of child abuse that involves a child or young person being used for the gain of someone else.

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