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Safeguarding Students from Criminal Exploitation and Child Sexual Exploitation

Child criminal exploitation is when children are used by people, sometimes older or in gangs or groups, for criminal activity such as carrying or selling drugs or weapons, running money, involved in robberies or hiding things.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse where an individual or a group of people takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child (anyone under the age of 18) into sexual activity for which the child receives something they want or need in exchange.   This could be food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, money, gifts or affection.   This could also be for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator.   A victim may initially think the relationship is consensual.   CSE can occur online as well as in person and does not always include physical contact.  

CCE and CSE can affect any child and can include children who have been moved (commonly referred to as trafficking) for the purpose of exploitation.   Pershore High School work together with police and Worcestershire Children First to manage and support any child affected by these issues.  Further information and support can be accessed below: