spotting the signs of cse

who is at risk?common misconceptions

spotting the signs of cse

There are many ways we can spot the signs that a young person may be being sexually exploited, but even when young people present numerous indicators, it does not always mean they are being exploited.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WARNING SIGNS THAT COULD SUGGEST THAT A CHILD (UNDER 18) IS BEING, OR IS AT RISK OF BEING, SEXUALLY EXPLOITED. THESE COULD INCLUDE:

  • Frequently going missing from home or school
  • Going out late at night and not returning until morning
  • Being picked up in cars by unknown adults
  • A significantly older boyfriend, girlfriend or friend
  • Unexplained money, possessions, mobile phone credit or a new mobile phone
  • Changes in behaviour, for example becoming secretive or aggressive
  • Increased use of mobile phone and/or internet activity
  • Involvement in criminal activity
  • Regularly going out and drinking alcohol and/or taking drugs

THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT LOW, MEDIUM AND HIGH-LEVEL INDICATORS AND THE NATURAL AND ADDITIONAL VULNERABILITIES PRESENTED.

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If you think you have spotted the signs of child sexual exploitation, dont leave it to chance. Give us a call and we can help determine if someone is vunerable

Natural Vulnerabilities
  • Taking risks
  • Experimenting with alcohol, drugs and sexuality
  • Rebelling against parents/carers
  • Staying out later
  • Meeting new people
  • Ignoring good advice
  • Rejecting authority
  • Being vulnerable to flattery
  • Being secretive
  • Peer pressure
Additional Vulnerabilities
  • Feeling isolated
  • Looked after children
  • Being bullied
  • Unstable family/friend networks
  • Previously experienced abuse
  • Going missing
  • Homelessness/sofa-surfing
  • Existing dependency
  • Learning disabilities
  • Difficult life experiences
  • Bereavement

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spotting the signs

There are many ways we can spot the signs that a young person may be being sexually exploited, but even when young people present numerous indicators, it does not always mean they are being exploited.

 

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

UTRUK 

Main Office: 0203 984 8990
General Email: info@utruk.org.uk
Young Person's Helpline: 0808 164 6780
Helpline Email: helpline@utruk.org.uk

Are you worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors.

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