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Sexual Exploitation can happen to any child, anywhere.

Telford & Wrekin

In an emergency, please call 999.

If you are worried or concerned about some please call:

Family Connect on 01952 385385, please call  01952 676500 after 5 pm or at the weekend.

In Telford we have a dedicated team to help young people and their families where a risk of sexual exploitation has been identified - the Children Abused Through Exploitation (CATE) team.   

Once a referral has been received and accepted a CATE practitioner will work with the young person, and their parents/carers, to identify the level of risk and develop a safety plan to manage and reduce the risk.  We will require parents/carers consent to work with the young person if they are under the age of 16.

The CATE worker will help the young person by:
•    Listening: We understand that it may be difficult to talk about what is happening to them. This may be because they do not feel they are at risk — or because they are frightened or embarrassed. We will not make judgements and hope over time that they will learn to trust us.

•    Supporting: There may be areas in their life that are not going well and their CATE worker will try to help them make the changes that they want to. Sometimes we might encourage and support them to access other services that can give them extra help.

•    Keep you Safe: Their safety is very important to us and the people that care about them. We will work with them and other important people in their life to make sure they are safe from harm.

•    Raising Awareness: Their worker will talk to them about CSE. We will provide information and advice on a one to one basis and will explore other topics including: healthy relationships, sex and the law, internet safety, grooming and peer pressure.

For further information for professionals working in Telford and Wrekin please visit the Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children's Board website.

 

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