Exploitation can involve criminals using vulnerable individuals for their own advantage. Exploitation takes many forms which affect people across the UK, and here in Warwickshire.
These crimes can affect any person, regardless of age, socio-economic background or location. On the information pages below, you can find out about some of the warning signs that someone may be at risk of exploitation; links to support services available; and where to report your concerns to.
Exploitation often has links to serious and organised crime (SOC), and often targets the most vulnerable. SOC is planned, coordinated and conducted by people working together on a continuing basis. Their motivation is often, but not always, financial gain.
How To Report A Concern
If you or someone you know is, or is at risk of becoming a victim of any form of exploitation, contact Warwickshire Police on 101. In an emergency call 999.
If you have concerns that a child is suffering ANY form of neglect, abuse or cruelty, contact the Warwickshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01926 414 144.
Out of usual office hours you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01926 886 922.
Professionals will need to complete a Multi-Agency Referral Form, accessed here.
If you have concerns relating to Prevent, you will need to complete a Channel Panel referral form, which can be found on our Prevent page.
Where an adult is:
- Unable to look after themselves, due to the level of their care and support needs, and
- Is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect
Contact Adult Social Care on 01926 412080. The adult social care teams can offer advice and support and, where necessary, arrange appropriate services.
Information on safeguarding in Warwickshire is available here.
Support for Businesses
Information for businesses across Warwickshire relating to County Lines and Modern Slavery, including advice relating to producing a ‘Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement’ can be found on the Warwickshire Business Watch website.