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Exploitation of children and young people

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Children and young people can be exploited in many ways. This can include being trafficked, sexually exploited and used to run drugs, sometimes known as county lines. All of these come under the banner of child exploitation.

How to spot the signs of child exploitation

The following video has been produced by Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and is a useful resource to help spot signs of exploitation.  If you are concerned about a child or young person in Cornwall please contact Devon and Cornwall Police or our Multi Agency Referral Unit.


What support is available?

Do you have immediate concerns or are worried about a child or young person's safety? Please telephone the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116

Essential phone numbers

  • Police Emergency: 999
  • Non-emergency Health: 111
  • Non-emergency police: 101
  • Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU): 0300 123 1116
  • Out of Hours: 01208 251300
  • How do I contact my social worker: 01872 322222

Where to get help and support

All age groups

Barnardo’s: send a message

CEOP Child Exploitation and Online Protection:
submit a report

if you have any concerns at all about a child’s safety or wellbeing
Tel: 0808 800 5000

24/7 NHS Mental health response line: for support and advice. Call free any time, day or night if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health. The team behind the 24/7 open access telephone response line will listen to you and determine how best to help.
Tel: 0800 038 5300 (free) 24 hours a day

Samaritans: emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide
Tel: 116 123 24 hours a day

We are with you’ for support with alcohol, drugs or mental health
Tel: 01872 263001

Childline: Free, private and confidential service for anyone under 19 where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, anytime
Tel: 0800 1111
Email or chat via

Shout: 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help
Text: 85258

Safer Futures: if you or someone else is affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence and those demonstrating abusive behaviours
Tel: 0300 777 4777

Valued Lives: Supports people who are experiencing mental or emotional distress in Cornwall
Tel: 0800 260 6759 24/7 crisis line

Papyrus Hopeline UK: For people under the age of 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Tel: 0800 068 4141

Over 16

The NHS Talking therapies service (IAPT) provides free, confidential talking therapies for people aged 16 years and over experiencing common difficulties including low mood, stress, anxiety or worry
Tel: 01208 871905 to access

Over 18

The Suicide Liaison Service is available to support adults over the age of 18 years who have been bereaved by suicide. If you or someone you know would like to access this free service
Tel: 01208 871905

Man Down: supporting men's mental health in Cornwall

CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably: for men who are down or who need to talk, find information and support
Tel: 0800 58 58 58 5pm - midnight every day

You can find out more information at Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall the Isles of Scilly.

Exploitation Newsletters

We produce a bimonthly newsletter on current intelligence and initiatives which is shared with our staff, partner organisations, and schools.  You can view our latest newsletters below:

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