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What is child sexual exploitation (CSE)?

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity

  1. in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or
  2. for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.

The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

For more information and advice please visit the following websites.

North Yorkshire Police - child sexual exploitation

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board

NSPCC - child sexual exploitation

What is criminal exploitation?

Criminal exploitation is a form of modern slavery that sees victims being forced to work under the control of highly organised criminals in activities such as forced begging, shoplifting and pickpocketing, cannabis cultivation, drug dealing and financial exploitation. This exploitation can affect adults or children.

For more information please visit the following websites.

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board

North Yorkshire Police - County Lines

Children's Society

Modern slavery


A hate incident is any abuse, bullying, violence or vandalism believed to be motivated because of the victim's race, religion, gender, disability, age, or sexuality. 

Hate incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tensions in a community. For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use this site to report non-crime hate incidents. The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners from other agencies to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.  More information is available from North Yorkshire Police.

For reporting hate crime the Stop Hate 24-hour telephone helpline has been launched to assist victims. Stop Hate UK is staffed by trained operators 24 hours a day is available on 0800 138 1625.

You can also report online via the True Vision website.

Other organisations can also provide information and support.


Modern Slavery is a term introduced in the UK in 2013, to describe all offences previously described as human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude.

Human Trafficking is the movement or recruitment of people by deception or coercion with the purpose of exploiting them.

Exploitation can take place in a number of ways, including:

  • Criminal exploitation
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Labour exploitation
  • Sexual exploitation

Modern Slavery leaflet (PDF, 4 pages 596k)

More information is available at GOV.UK.

How can you help?

If you have concerns that someone has been trafficked, call the Police on 101.

In an emergency call the Police on 999.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There is an online toolkit designed for front line workers to assist them in identifying a potential case of trafficking and to make a referral to achieve the best possible outcome.


Prevent is one of the four elements of CONTEST which is part of the UK’s counter terrorism strategy, preventing people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting terrorism. The strategy focuses on early intervention and aims to reduce the likelihood of individuals supporting violent or extremist ideology, or becoming a terrorist.

As a local authority we have a duty to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Ryedale District Council works closely with specified authorities and key organisations facilitating a quarterly Prevent Local Delivery Group to provide support and practical information to:

  • embed Prevent into their day to day functions
  • improve community intelligence into the Counter Terrorism Local Profile (CTLP)
  • ensure effective communications and awareness training of the Duty and identified risks in the area
  • respond to the risks identified in the Counter Terrorism Local Profile

It might be nothing but...

Everyone who works, lives or visits our area has a role to play in helping to counter the terrorist and domestic extremist threat which remains real and serious. The police fully understand that people may be reluctant to tell them about suspicious activity or behaviour because they think "It's probably nothing", but small things that seem out of place can be useful as part of a bigger investigation. Just one piece of information could be crucial in disrupting terrorist or extremist activity.

If you see or hear anything which gives you cause for concern, or seems to be out of the ordinary, you should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you believe that there is an immediate threat to life from the information you have, you should ring 999. Alternatively, concerns can also be reported in confidence by visiting the GOV.UK ACT website or telephoning 0800 789 321.

Anything that gives you an uneasy feeling is potentially information the police need to know.

Run, Hide, Tell…what to do in the event of an attack

While the general level of threat to the UK is severe, the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack is very, very small. However, it is important the public know what to do in the event of getting caught up in such an incident.

Run to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to go then….
It’s better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally and only when it is safe to do so….
Tell the police by calling 999 and tell them clearly your location and the location of the attackers.

Run, Hide Tell video [link to YouTube].

Further information



North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards can help with advice and information for consumers and businesses, including agricultural businesses.


The Ryedale farming community and North Yorkshire Police (NYP) are carrying out joint patrols to catch and deter poachers and those looking to commit offences such as burglary.  Country Watch members and NYP will have a zero tolerance approach to poaching and hunting with dogs.


North Yorkshire Police are continuing to focus on metal theft, including diesel theft and agricultural machinery. Operation Chairman focussed on travelling criminals from around the region known to commit offences, including metal theft, in Ryedale. Additional resources and technical equipment are being utilised to detect offenders. The development of good intelligence and affective use of watch schemes have been the key to success.


Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, is warning the public to remain vigilant and take extra care online, after statistics show 16,352 people fell victim to online shopping and auction fraud during lockdown.

Recent rises in fraud are being driven by the increasing threat posed by impersonation and deception scams – alongside the growth in sophisticated online attacks such as data breaches and malware, showing the importance of protecting your personal and business information.

ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre providing a central point of contact for information about fraud and cyber crime.

Information on all types of fraud including personal and business fraud and the methods used is available from the North Yorkshire Police website.



Following consultation with local people, we have been working in partnership to tackle dog fouling - one of the main complaints highlighted by the Ryedale community. More details are available on our Responsible animal ownership page.


Ryedale Multi Agency Tasking is a fortnightly multi-agency problem solving meeting that brings agencies together under the umbrella of ‘protecting vulnerable communities’.  Vulnerable communities are described as repeat victims, older persons, young people, children, rurally isolated persons, individuals/families involved in ASB, identified hot spot locations and community tensions.


In furtherance of the ‘Prevent and Deter’ strand of the Prolific and Priority Offenders Strategy, regular (approx 6 weekly) MAPS meetings are held at each of the four Secondary Schools in Ryedale, and two of the Primary schools.

At these meetings young persons who are coming adversely to the attention of school staff and who are considered likely to fall into ASB or minor crime are considered and appropriate solutions discussed. These may range from informal discussion with the young person and his/her parents to the agreement of conditions to form an Acceptable Behaviour Contract with the young person.

It has frequently been the experience of the MAPS Group that when parents are contacted they too are having problems with their young person, which mirror the negative behaviour being displayed at school. Parents are often pleased and relieved to have multi-agency support at a time that is often crucial to their child’s development as a useful member of society.



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Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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