Child Criminal Exploitation

In Summer 2021 our staff members put together a short mini-series highlighting five different vulnerabilities to Child Criminal Exploitation.

The videos draw on their professional expertise and lived experience. They are intended to highlight awareness of CCE and the grooming line.

Vulnerability 1: Trauma

Childhood trauma can make children and young people more vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

Our colleague Kieran explains how in this short film, which touches on his own personal experiences.

From personal experience I witnessed domestic violence from a very young age which led me to wanting to spend a lot less time at home.

Vulnerability 2: Abuse

Abuse can make children and young people more vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

Our colleague Jen explains how in this short film, which touches on her own personal experiences.

These things were not spoken about when I was younger. It is time to change that. It is time to start understanding there are many reasons why a young person gets involved in gangs and criminality.

Vulnerability 3: Instant Gratification

Instant gratification makes children vulnerable to exploitation.

Our colleague Arnold explains how in this short film.

Our message is that there is nothing wrong with living a lavish lifestyle but if you are willing to get involved in crime to attain that, that is wrong.

 

Vulnerability 4: Glamourisation

Glamourisation can make children and young people more vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

Our colleague Leon explains how in this short film, which touches on his own personal experiences.

These days are even worse because you have social media which makes it more accessible to see the glamourisation of violence, prison and different aspects of criminal life.

Vulnerability 5: Misinformation

Misinformation can make children and young people more vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

Our colleague Liam explains how in this short film, which touches on his own personal experiences. 

A young person being misinformed is just as dangerous as a young person carrying a knife, being involved in county lines or any other criminal activity.

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