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Can You Spot the Signs of Child Exploitation?

Safeguarding specialist Dawn Jotham identifies the three key stages of child exploitation and offers advice for teachers to spot the warning signs and to support students who are at risk.

Child exploitation is an issue that requires swift and supportive action from educators. The term refers to a form of abuse that involves a child or young person being used for someone else’s gain and can involve sexual, abusive or manipulative behaviour. It is usually caused by an imbalance of power between the abuser and the abused, such as age, physical strength, gender, cognitive ability or access to essential resources such as food, clothes or a home.

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