National Safeguarding Week is taking place 12 – 16 November 2018. This year the theme is Exploitation, the South East Wales Safeguarding Board has provided information to raise awareness and provide information on the following areas:
- Sexual Exploitation
- Financial Abuse
- Criminal Exploitation of Children and Young People
- Modern Day Slavery
- On line Exploitation
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse in which a young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act involving an exchange of some form of payment- which can include money, mobile phones and other items, drugs, alcohol, a place to stay, ‘protection’ or affection.
Find out more: Sexual Exploitation
Financial Exploitation is a way of stealing or defrauding someone of goods and/or property. It is always a crime but is not always prosecuted. Sometimes the issue is straightforward, for example a care worker stealing from an older person’s purse, but at other times it is more difficult to address. This is because very often the perpetrator can be someone’s relative, or other people assume it is not happening or that the older person is to blame.
Find out more: Financial Exploitation
Criminal Exploitation of Children and Young People
The term “county lines‟ is becoming more widely recognised and used to describe situations where young people may be trafficked for the purpose of criminal exploitation. What is often less understood is the experiences a young person faces and the potential for them to be harmed through various forms of abuse and exploitation as a result.
Find out more: Criminal Exploitation
Modern Day Slavery
Modern slavery is a serious and brutal crime in which people are treated as commodities and exploited for criminal gain. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced provisions extending existing support and protection for victims of human trafficking to victims of slavery, servitude and forced and compulsory labour. Find out more: Modern Day Slavery
There are always those who will seek to take advantage of people when they are on-line. Some will deliberately target older or more vulnerable people. However, there is no reason to be fearful of the internet if it is used safely and securely. These simple rules may help:
Spam ‘Spam’ is junk, unsolicited emails promoting products such as loan consolidation offers, ‘miracle’ drugs, sexually-explicit products and websites. These are usually scams and as a general rule should always be avoided and ignored.
Email scams Some spam emails ask for personal information, such as bank details. This is called ‘phishing’ where someone will claim to be from your bank. The advice from banks and building societies is that they will never ask the customer to provide information in this way. Be careful when giving information online.
Some scams include offers of discounts, free gifts, prizes, holidays, or claim ‘You’re a winner!’
Adults at risk can report fraud including online or internet crimes using the Action Fraud Reporting tool or phone 0300 123 2040