Trafford Council staff working with children and vulnerable adults are to take part in a campaign to help them spot signs of abuse.

The initiative, which takes place from October 7-13, aims to ensure people working with both groups have the necessary information, skills and support they need to tackle exploitation.

Some of the signs of exploitation are hidden and staff from Trafford Council, Greater Manchester Police and Trafford NHS Clinical Commissioning Group will join forces for a week of events looking at everything from sexual exploitation to human trafficking.

Cllr Joanne Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Our aim is to educate members of the community so that if they see or hear something which does not sit right with them, they have information to report it knowing that services take that information seriously and always look into it.

“This project is particularly important as some exploitation takes a hidden form.”

The project will also look at other forms of abuse, including criminal exploitation, sometimes referred to as county lines, financial exploitation and modern slavery.

Members of the public can also get involved in the battle to reduce exploitation by reporting any concerns to Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Trafford Council Social Care Services on 0161 912 5125 (children) or 0161 912 2820 (adults).