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Practitioner & Volunteers


Solihull are currently considering the following definition of exploitation for both adults and children: 

Solihull defines exploitation as the deliberate maltreatment, manipulation or abuse of power and control by a person or a group over another person irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or background. It is taking advantage of them or their situation (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator therefore exploitation can still take place even if the activity appears consensual. Exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

Exploitation comes in many forms, including: 


• modern slavery

• human trafficking

• sexual exploitation

• criminal exploitation.


The following forms of abuse are excluded:


• radicalisation and extremism

• domestic violence and abuse (forced marriages, honour based violence and FGM)

• sexual violence and abuse

• rogue trader, bogus callers and scammers

• position of trust

• hate crime.


It is recognised that the above forms of abuse can involve a degree of exploitation of the victim, but they are out of scope as they are either not primarily based on an exploitative relationship (i.e. hate crime) or already have statutory and well embedded processes for management (i.e. ‘position of trust’ incidents). Radicalisation and extremism falls into this latter category, and also is primarily based upon political rather than personal gain.

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