In Shropshire our partners have agreed on a single definition of Exploitation:
Exploitation is a form of abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child, young person or adult (including those with care and support needs) into: into any activity that results in financial or other advantage for the perpetrator or facilitator. Activity includes arranging or facilitating the involvement or travel (trafficking) of a child, young person or adult (including those with care and support needs)
Specific types of exploitation include:
- Modern Slavery (including human trafficking)
- Sexual Exploitation
- Criminal Exploitation
- Financial Exploitation
- Any other Exploitation that enables services or benefits of any kind, including:
- Removal of organs
- Forced marriage
- Illegal adoption
The victim may still be exploited even if the activities that they are engaging in appear consensual.
Multiple types of exploitation can occur alongside or as part of other forms of abuse.
In November 2018 the Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network and Shropshire Safeguarding Children's Network held a joint conference on the theme of Exploitation.
We had a number of speakers at the event who gave us some real insight into exploitation in it's various forms. On this page you will find videos and power-point presentations from our key note speakers as well as related links and documents that can be accessed to develop learning and improve practice.