What is Child Criminal Exploitation?
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) is where a person manipulates, deceives, coerces or controls a child to undertake a criminal activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants and/or for the financial advantage or the increased status of the perpetrator.
A child won’t always act or feel like a victim, often this may be because they have been groomed to feel respected and to feel important to perpetrators. CCE can involve bribery, intimidation, violence and/or threats, however, a child does not need to have met whomever is exploiting them – children can be exploited online, using mobile phones and through social media. It is the responsibility of all who work or volunteer with children and their families to understand CCE, know the signs and to act if you suspect a child is in danger.
What are the different types of CCE?
Drop The Knife For A Better Life
This short knife crime awareness film is about a child called 'Sean' who makes a life-changing decision, just to impress his school mates and ‘fit in’.
Developed and funded by West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit in (VRU), this video shows what sadly is an everyday occurrence in the UK.
Nicole's Story: the child victims of UK drug gangs
BBC News, 2022
There’s been a big rise in the number of children being trafficked and exploited by criminal gangs in the UK.
Young children are being groomed and recruited by drugs gangs to carry and deliver drugs around the UK.
One such victim is Nicole from Newcastle in north east England, who was targeted by the gangs when she was just 11 and made to work for them.
Are you Listening?
In 2021, Leicestershire Police launched film about four young people who are being exploited.
In the film the signs of Child Criminal Exploitation are being made obvious to adults however the adults fail to listen to what they are being told and miss opportunities to help.
Although the characters are fictional they represent real experiences. Children who are caught up in this type of activity do not see themselves as a 'victims' as perpetrators make them feel important, respected and looked after.
Child Criminal Exploitation:
The Local Picture
West Yorkshire Police provide an overview of County Lines in December 2020, including who is vulnerable, signs to look for, the terminology used and an overview of what’s happening in the Wakefield District.