Everyone’s child is at risk of being sexually exploited – at any age, anytime, anywhere.
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
Parents are often the first to notice something is wrong: trust your instincts and talk to your child if you’re worried:
Have they a boyfriend, girlfriend or friends including adults who you don’t know?
Have you noticed them getting presents, money, a mobile phone or jewellery?
Have they been missing from home, staying out overnight or missing school?
Do they get picked up or dropped off by unknown people?
Are they secretive about where they go and who they see?
Do they chat to people online who they’ve never met?
Do you know what they’re accessing online?
Are they drinking or taking drugs regularly?
Look, listen, ask, ask again, be curious….
Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a normal or loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.
Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.
If you suspect a child may be at risk, or have any information relating to child sexual exploitation, call the Council on 01454 866000 or the Police on 101. If a child is in immediate danger, dial 999 straight away.
Kayleigh’s Love Story
A film produced by Leicestershire Police to warn children and parents of the dangers of online grooming.
A copy of this leaflet below can be downloaded here: https://sites.southglos.gov.uk/safeguarding/wp-content/uploads/sites/221/2017/07/CSE-Parents-Leaflet.pdf