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Sexual Exploitation can happen to any child, anywhere.

Professional response

If you have concerns that a child or young person is at risk of sexual exploitation you must make a referral to Children's Services.

Below are some tips to help when making a referral:

  • Read your local Safeguarding Board's Inter-agency Safeguarding Procedures for Child Sexual Exploitation and use similar language in your referral. Select the link relevant to your area.
    • Herefordshire
    • Shropshire
    • Telford & Wrekin
    • Worcestershire
  • Be clear that your concern is about child sexual exploitation
  • Identify the signs/symptoms that indicate the young person is at risk, there's more information here Barnardo's Spot the Signs (https://www.barnardos.org.uk/cutthemfree/spotthesigns)
  • Identify the young person's vulnerability factors, there's more information here https://www.barnardos.org.uk/ctf_puppetonastring_report_final.pdf
  • Request a multi-agency sexual exploitation (MASE) meeting to discuss the risks for the child or young person
  • If you have concerns about a child or young person being at risk of immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
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