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Child exploitation

Children and young people have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse. It’s everyone’s responsibility to spot the signs of child exploitation and protect children and young people in Warwickshire.

Exploitation affects hundreds of children and young people every year in Warwickshire.  That’s why the Police and Crime Commissioner funds a specialist services to both help victims and also provide information to enable everyone to spot the signs.

Barnardo’s Warwickshire Base Exploitation Service

Barnardo's logoThe Warwickshire Base Exploitation service is provided by children’s charity Barnardo’s.  It works with children and young people aged between 11-17 years who are victims of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation. The service will also work with young people aged 18-25 years where it has been assessed that it is beneficial to do so.

Barnardo’s works from a trauma-informed perspective providing packages of emotional and practical support to children and young people in vulnerable situations that may lead to abuse through sexual and criminal exploitation. Therapeutic 1:2:1 support is consent based, not time limited and bespoke to meet the needs of the individual child or young person.

Support covers areas such as:

  • Understanding consent
  • Healthy relationships
  • Online safety
  • Risk management, including risk indicators
  • Signposting to additional support services.

Barnardo’s also provide support to parents and carers of children and young people who are victims of abuse through exploitation.

In addition, the service delivers a broad range of training and awareness raising opportunities for professionals from all sectors, parents/carers, and adults who may encounter children and young people through their work, as well as young people.

Something's not right

The Something's Not Right website

The Something’s Not Right website

The acclaimed multi agency Something’s Not Right campaign continues to raise awareness of child exploitation and offer support in Warwickshire. The campaign encourages people to think about situations they may see or be involved in on a daily basis and if Something’s Not Right seek professional advice and guidance.

Visit the Something’s Not Right website

How to get help

You can get help in any of the ways below:

Things will get better.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.