8.31 Parent or Carer Involved in Prostitution

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Involvement of family members in prostitution does not necessarily mean children will suffer Significant Harm.


The risks to the children in these circumstances come from the following potential sources:

  • Exposure of the child to unsuitable adults and sexual activity / materials, especially if the parent works from home;
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse of the parent or any behaviour in another adult which leaves the parent involved in prostitution in fear;
  • The child being left alone whilst the parent is working;
  • The child being left with responsibility for younger siblings;
  • Inconsistent care - e.g. if the parent is imprisoned;
  • Factors associated with Parental Substance Misuse Procedure and/orParental Mental Health Procedure.

The child protection procedures described in Section 4, Response to Child Protection Referrals apply in these circumstances.

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