Police ready for rise in sexting and exploitation as schools go back after lockdown
- Detectives are bracing themselves for a rise in sexual exploitation and sexting cases as children return to the classroom
- With most youngsters being away from school for more than two months and spending more time online, police believe many may have been more vulnerable to those that want to take advantage of them.
- Det Chief Insp Lynne College, of Northumbria Police, said: “Realistically we are expecting to see a rise in reports in relation to child safeguarding and exploitation”
- Pupils did not have trusted teachers to talk to or the normal safeguarding mechanisms in place at school, so abuse could have gone unreported
- The safeguarding detective says the return to school after lockdown is a ‘golden opportunity’ for police to build relationships with young people, and encourage them to speak about anything that has happened to them
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