Whilst child criminal exploitation can take many forms, this type of abuse ultimately involves the manipulation and coercion of children into committing crimes. Evidence points to an increase in child criminal exploitation across all areas of the Uk and therefore efforts to keep children safe from harm are essential.
This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of what is meant by child criminal exploitation, “County Lines” and spotting the signs of exploitation early on. The short and long term impacts of criminal exploitation on both children and their families can be devastating and this will be explored through the use of case studies.
Our child protection system has historically neglected harm which happens outside of the family home and attendees will learn about adopting a contextual safeguarding approach and the use of disruptive activities to more effectively tackle child exploitation.
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Dr Anna Markham is a Principal Forensic Psychologist. Her extensive clinical experience has been in secure mental health, Her Majesty’s Prison service and NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. She has worked across a range of settings including the youth secure estate, alternative education settings, community parenting programmes for children who are on the edge of coming into care or custody and children in contact with the youth justice system.
In addition to holding a doctorate in Forensic Psychology, Anna has undergone a range of specialist training courses including various therapeutic approaches including Multisystemic Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Good Lives Model, Non-Violent Resistance Therapy and child specific risk assessment tools and models for harmful behaviours (AIM3 under 12s and technology assisted harmful sexual behaviours, JSOAP-II, SAVRY: violence).
Anna currently works at a specialist forensic service primarily in a consultation role supporting professionals who are working with children with complex needs and who present with high risk of harm to others. Anna is also a Teaching Fellow and coordinator of placements on a Forensic Psychology Practice Doctoral course at a leading UK University involving lecturing, supervising trainees in practice and assessing competence.
Anna provides external consultation and training to a variety of organisations including Her Majesty’s Prison Service and Local Authorities. She is also an expert witness and undertakes assessments for court including complex developmental and relational trauma and how this can contribute to severe behavioural difficulty in children and adolescents.