Barnardo’s has published a report looking at child criminal exploitation (CCE) and what the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill can do to ensure that children and young people who are criminally exploited receive the care and support they need. Issues identified from responses to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from 30 police forces; a survey of Barnardo’s frontline practitioners; interviews with Barnardo’s children’s services managers; and a survey of grassroots organisations who work with victims of child criminal exploitation include: a lack of accessible data collection on CCE by police forces; no clear understanding by professionals such as those from police, social care and health of what CCE is; and little understanding of what crimes could be counted as CCE. Recommendations include a statutory definition of CCE to guide professionals who support children at risk in their understanding of what constitutes exploitation and to help create more consistent practice.
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Read the report: Exploited and criminalised: what can the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill do to ensure that children who are criminally exploited receive the care and support they need? (PDF)
Date: 21 October 2021