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Appropriate assessment and action can then take place.
Warning signs can be categorised under the following headings.
Practitioners need to be aware of these warning signs and recognise that a victim does not have to exhibit all of the warning signs to be a victim of sexual exploitation.
Concerns should be heightened if the number of warning signs increases.
can occur through the use of technology without the child realising it.
For example, a child or young person is persuaded to post images of themselves on the internet and/or mobile phones.
It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.
They also bring new risks and increase the opportunity for offenders to target vulnerable young people.
A child or young person can be sexually exploited by a gang, but this is not necessarily the reason why gangs are formed.
Types of exploitation may include using sex as a weapon between rival gangs, as a form of punishment to fellow gang members and/or a means of gaining status within the hierarchy of the gang.
The characteristics common to all victims are not always their age, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation, but their powerlessness and vulnerability.
Despite the increased profile of cases are still under-reported.