If you think a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of criminal or sexual exploitation in Norfolk:
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) is where an individual or group uses their position of power to take advantage of a child or young person under the age of 18 and coerces, controls, manipulates or deceives them into criminal activity.
This could be:
CCE involves children with many vulnerabilities being exposed to, and/or being a victim of: physical and emotional violence, neglect, going missing, sexual abuse, sexual grooming and exploitation, modern day slavery, human trafficking and domestic abuse.
Even if the activity appears to be consensual, the victim may have been criminally exploited. CCE does not always involve physical contact, it can also happen through use of technology. This could include making contact through social media and posting videos on YouTube which glamorise gang violence, drug taking and knife crime, as well as using and making music videos to make threats to other young people.
County Lines is a term used to describe the involvement of organised criminal networks and street gangs in moving illegal drugs from cities to other parts of the UK. In Norfolk, the originating city is usually London.
Much of the activity and ‘business’ is conducted over a dedicated mobile phone line. Criminal networks involved in County Lines often exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store drugs, money and weapons. This is frequently reinforced through coercion, intimidation and violence, including the use of sexual violence and weapons.
There is a growing concern about CCE in Norfolk and specifically the links to ‘County Lines’.
Evidence shows that any child displaying several of the signs detailed below should be considered to be at high risk of child criminal exploitation. Get in touch with a professional immediately to help determine the risk and provide preventive and protective action as required.
Certain situations and experiences can make children and young people more vulnerable to criminal exploitation, including:
Children who have been criminally or sexually exploited or who are vulnerable to exploitation may exhibit these signs and behaviours:
These signs and behaviours may be seen in children who are already being exploited: