Understanding cross-county child criminal exploitation


Criminal gangs in urban areas are increasingly targeting children to carry drugs across county borders, supplying them to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. Such criminal activity involves the grooming and exploitation of children, subjecting them to violence and sexual exploitation, while exposing them to serious crime, illegal drugs and gangs. Attend this session to:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the risks to children posed by cross-county criminal exploitation, including its links to sexual exploitation, modern slavery and missing persons.
  • Understand how police, the National Crime Agency, the voluntary sector and local and central government are responding to this growing crime, including recent Home Office-issued guidance.
  • Learn how practitioners can recognise the signs of, and appropriate responses to, cross-county child criminal exploitation so that victims, and potential victims, get the right help and support.


Vicky Brotherton, victim protection and partnerships lead, Office of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner

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