What is Exploitation? - YMCA DownsLink Group

What is Exploitation?

The word exploitation means to make use of something or someone in a way which is not fair. It can be used in lots of different scenarios, but when we use it, we are talking about somebody treating a child or young person in a way that is unfair and dishonest, for their own gain. It is about somebody taking advantage of somebody else to get something they want.  


When we talk about exploitation in a safeguarding context, we are talking about a type of abuse that can include one or more of:  

If somebody is under 18 when they are exploited it is a form of child abuse. The terms Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) are used when people under 18 are exploited in these ways.  

When somebody is exploited, it is never their fault.


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