Exploitation of Children by Criminal gangs

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults has published a briefing report looking at the needs of children targeted by gangs and risks to their safety and highlighting how risks of grooming for criminal exploitation by gangs are not routinely identified when a child is reported missing to the police. Recommendations include: the Department for Education should ensure the risks of grooming and exploitation for criminality should be included on the curriculum for healthy relationships and taught in both primary and secondary schools; resources for parents and carers should be made available; a new national database for missing people implemented as soon as possible to make it easier for police to share information about missing young people across force areas.

Source: Missing People

Further information: APPG on runaway and missing children and adults:  briefing report on the roundtable on children who go missing and are criminally exploited by gangs (PDF)