Children who are exploited often carry cash obtained from their exploitation and will visit bank branches to pay it into their abuser's account. They may also be made to launder money or transfer criminal proceeds through their own bank account.
As employees of the banking sector you have a vital role to play to #LookCloser and report your concerns so that together we can support children to escape their abuse and prevent further children being targeted.
#LookCloser for signs of exploitation and abuse
Is a child or young person visiting your branch:
- Anxious, frightened, angry, showing signs of neglect or displaying other behaviours that make you worried about them?
- Behaving aggressively with you or other bank staff?
- Visiting a branch far from the account holder's address?
- Paying in a large quantity of cash?
- Being instructed or controlled by another individual? Or is someone keeping an eye on them from a distance?
- Receiving frequent messages and calls? Do they appear anxious when answering?
Is there concerning activity related to a child or young person's account?
- Are they paying in small amounts frequently?
- Is there more activity than you would expect to see on a young person's account?
- Are there cash deposits or transfers from unknown sources?
- Are there a lot of transport or accommodation transactions on the account?
If something doesn't feel right, don't wait, report it
Call the police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency). Or if you'd like to report anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 08000 555 111.
Only report your concerns when it is safe for you to do so, even if this is after the event that your concerns initially arose. Do not attempt to intervene yourself.
To learn more about how we can work together to prevent child exploitation and abuse, get in touch.