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Iryna Pona

Iryna Pona

Policy and Research Manager – Youth at Risk,
The Children’s Society

  • Outlining the key findings from The Children’s Society’s ‘Counting Lives Responding to Children Who Are Criminally Exploited’ 2019 report, such as growing up in poverty, having learning difficulties, being excluded from school can all increase the risk of being criminally exploited
  • Examining a child’s journey through child exploitation and how to embed a protective system, including the three main cycles of Target, Test and Trap
  • Highlighting the key challenges faced by statutory agencies when tackling Child Criminal Exploitation, including the majority of police forces and local authorities not able to share information and intelligence
  • Analysing the need for a statutory definition of child criminal exploitation to ensure that all children who are groomed, coerced and controlled into committing crime are recognised as victims and can receive the support they need
  • Discussing the relationship between criminal and sexual exploitation, and how to target these crimes simultaneously