Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines
Criminal exploitation is child abuse where children and young people are manipulated and coerced into committing crimes. This is a growing concern in the UK. Often, young people do not recognise the signs that they are being exploited. There is usually an imbalance of power where an individual or group takes advantage in order to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18. This means that young people under the age of 18 should be seen by the police as victims rather than suspects if they do become involved in crime.
If you are concerned that your child may be at risk of, or a victim of exploitation, here are some sources of support and information for parents.
Suspected CCE should always be reported to the police and to school as a matter of urgency.
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