The socio-economic impact of child exploitation in the UK


Criminal and sexual exploitation present a significant national threat to children. The numbers are greatly concerning, with more than 16,000 children being sexually exploited in England every year, and more than 27,000 at high risk of criminal exploitation by organised gangs. Latest government Children in Need (CiN) release reports Child Criminal Exploitation as a factor for 14,420 children during assessment by children’s social care in England, in the year to 31 March 2023, up 42% from 10,140 the previous year. The need for the police, local authorities, and wider safeguarding partners to work effectively together, document, analyse and share relevant information is of critical importance. This report offers an insight into the socio-economic impact of child exploitation, concluding with specific recommendations in the use of ethical AI as an enabler for change.

Read the full report here: Full Report
Read the executive summary here: Executive Summary


Trilateral Research

Date Published

March 11, 2024

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