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Child Criminal Exploitation

What is Child Criminal Exploitation?

Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) is a type of child abuse where children are manipulated and coerced into committing crimes.

Criminal exploitation takes many forms, the most commonly known relating to the supply and movement of drugs, often referred to as County Lines. Offences include guns and other weapons, money laundering, violent offences and in some cases Cuckooing, where criminals forcibly take over control of a person’s home.

Many organisations are working to disrupt the activity of criminal gangs and keep people safer. 

More information about child criminal exploitations can be found on the NSPCC website. 

Organisations work with the Police to stop County Lines activity.  They recognise the young people that have been exploited by criminal gangs as victims, not criminals.