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Board Manager's Blog (March 2024) Mon 18 Mar 2024

Blog from the BDSCP & BSAB Business Unit Manager for March 2024



March 2024: "Springing into Awareness: Recognising and Reporting Exploitation"

As we welcome March, the air is filled with the promise of spring and new beginnings. Lighter mornings, daffodils peeking through the soil, and baby lambs frolicking in the fields remind us of the cycle of renewal and hope. Just as spring brings new life, our conversation about exploitation and safeguarding can bring a renewed commitment to protecting the vulnerable.

This month, many in our community observe Ramadan, a time of fasting, reflection, and community. To all who are fasting, I wish you a peaceful and fulfilling Ramadan. This period underscores the importance of compassion, understanding, and support—values at the heart of our ongoing conversation about safeguarding, a more relevant and urgent conversation than ever.


Today, as I write this blog, we mark the National Awareness Day of Exploitation, specifically focusing on children. However, it's crucial to recognise that exploitation affects individuals of all ages. It's a day for us to reflect, learn, and take action.


Understanding the Many Faces of Exploitation

Exploitation can manifest in various forms, each with its challenges and signs. Here are some of the most common types:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): Involves manipulating or deceiving a child into sexual activity in exchange for something the child needs or desires.
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: Encompasses forced labour, domestic servitude, and trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.
  • Criminal Exploitation: Often seen in the form of 'county lines' drug trafficking, where children and vulnerable adults are coerced into drug distribution and other criminal activities.
  • Financial Exploitation includes stealing or defrauding someone of money, assets, or property, which is often seen in cases of elder abuse.
  • Online Exploitation: Exploiting individuals through digital means, including online grooming, cyberbullying, and the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

Recognising the Signs

The signs of exploitation can be subtle and varied. Still, they often include changes in behaviour, unexplained wealth or possessions, secrecy about new friends or whereabouts, and signs of physical or emotional distress. 

Please speak with someone you trust if you have concerns or worries about yourself or anyone else - See Something, Say Something. 


Taking Action: How to Report

If you suspect someone is in immediate danger, always dial 999. For non-emergency situations where you believe exploitation is occurring, you can contact your local police on 101. Additionally, if you have any information regarding these crimes and prefer to remain anonymous, you can ring Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111. This service allows you to report concerns without revealing your identity, ensuring your information can make a difference while keeping you safe.


Those in West Yorkshire, including Bradford, can also contact West Yorkshire Police directly for guidance and support. It's crucial that we all feel empowered to report any suspicions of exploitation, as early intervention can significantly impact the lives of those at risk.


Further Information and Support

For more detailed information on the forms of exploitation and how to report them, I encourage you to visit the SaferBradford website at This resource provides comprehensive guidance on safeguarding, exploitation, and the support available in our community.


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Celebrating Our Collective Spirit

As we move through March and look towards the arrival of April, we're reminded of our community's rich diversity with the upcoming two significant religious festivals: Eid and Easter. These moments of celebration bring messages of hope, renewal, and joy, encouraging us to reflect on the shared values that unite us—compassion, empathy, and a dedication to the well-being of others.


Let these values guide us in our ongoing efforts to combat exploitation and protect those who are vulnerable among us. By standing together, informed and watchful, we contribute to a safer, more caring Bradford District community for everyone.


Until next time 

Thank you

Darren Minton