Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP) have agreed the following overarching 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)
Any other Exploitation that enables services or benefits of any kind, including:Forced marriage, Illegal adoption, Removal of organs.
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.
Children and young people who are exploited are the victims of child abuse, and their needs require careful assessment. SSCP has developed child exploitation guidance for practitioners and an initial assessment tool that will help you assess the level of risk to a child and make a referral, if appropriate.