Children can be exploited anywhere and are at risk in public places, including those that are regulated by local councils, police and other agencies. By working in partnership with statutory services, voluntary agencies and people in the community, we aim to tackle child exploitation and trafficking so that our towns, cities, public facilities and places are safer for children and young people.
Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business and everyone in the community has a part to play ~ as the protective ‘eyes and ears’ ~ to recognise and respond to signs of danger. ‘Say Something If You See Something’ is designed to help professionals to engage with the business and wider community, to develop safeguarding practice in a contextual and trauma informed way. We need everyone, everywhere, to recognise that sometimes, there’s something more to what they see or hear and to not make assumptions about a child’s behaviour. Exploited young people don’t always look, or act like victims and can be dismissed as a ‘typical teenager’. So, it’s vital that everyone in the community can spot the signs of child exploitation and trafficking and to do this, we need to work together.
Say Something if you See Something focuses on how a range of trades, businesses and places in the community can be misused by criminals and perpetrators, to exploit and traffick children; it contains resources that are designed to assist professionals to promote safeguarding in the community in the following ways:
The following guidance is provided by the NWG, to help professionals engage with the business and wider community, to develop a contextual partnership approach in tackling child exploitation and trafficking at a local level.
Download our Say Something If You See Something banners or button and display them prominently online to help raise awareness. Don’t forget to link to our ‘spot the signs‘, page so others can learn more about helping to stop the horrors of child sexual exploitation.