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Spotting the signs

by Michael Ford last modified 12 Mar, 2021 10:02 PM

This year’s Child Exploitation Awareness Day takes place on 18th March.

The impact of Covid-19 has meant that children and young people have had more access to the internet than ever before. This increased internet use combined with children being less visible to professionals during lockdown means that children are at much greater risk of exploitation. The NSPCC have also found that the conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have made children more vulnerable to being exploited

One approach to tackling child exploitation is Contextual Safeguarding, a pioneering approach to considering the management of risk to children outside of the home. Wiltshire is 1 of just 5 local authority areas to be working with the University of Bedfordshire to implement this approach throughout their work with children and young people. For more information about Contextual Safeguarding, and for up to date newsletters on Wiltshire’s work in this area, please see the Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership website

As in previous years, Child Exploitation Awareness Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of child exploitation. Below is a list of resources to mark the day. 

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