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Cornwall launches new Anti-Exploitation Strategy for children and young adults

A new strategy to prevent the exploitation of children and young adults has been launched in Cornwall.

Tackling the exploitation of children and young adults in Cornwall is a shared priority of our Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Cornwall and the Safeguarding Adults Board.

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We know more needs to be done to make sure that children and young adults at risk of, and experiencing, exploitation receive the right support, and we ensure that exploitation is effectively identified, prevented and disrupted.

To help focus efforts Safer Cornwall has launched a new three-year Cornwall Exploitation Strategy 2020-2023 for children and young adults aged up to 25. To accompany the launch there will be a social media campaign running throughout the school summer holidays.

John Clements the Independent Chair of the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Partnership said: “Children and young people in our area are not immune to being exploited. Initially our efforts were directed at children who were being sexually exploited but we have learned exploitation is much wider and children are also exploited through dangerous drug networks and criminal gangs.

“Our new strategy is designed to improve our response even further and to make sure we move ahead of those issues that threaten the safety and wellbeing of our children. The new plans will see us combating exploitation through a wide range of initiatives, all of which combined will make our area much safer.

“The response in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has developed and I am confident we are doing a good job when we know a child or young person is at risk of being exploited. However, we don’t always know it is happening. We need members of the public to help us identify those situations we are not aware of.”

Worriec about a child?

If you have concerns about actual or likely risk of harm to a child please contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) without delay on:

Telephone 0300 1231 116

You can also ring Childline for help and advice on 0800 1111

Worried about an adult?

If you are an adult experiencing abuse or neglect, or if you are concerned about an adult possibly experiencing abuse or neglect, contact us on:

Telephone 0300 1234 131 (out of hours number 01208 251300)

Email accessteam.referral@cornwall.gov.uk

Website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/safeguardingadults

Crime and antisocial behaviour

To report crime or anti-social behaviour please contact the police on

Telephone 101

Email 101@dc.police.uk

or Telephone 999 in an emergency