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Sexual exploitation can be difficult to identify, but it’s important that we all know the warning signs. The more you know, the more you see.
Regularly run away from home
Be repeatedly absent from school
Get access to alcohol and/ or drugs
Receive unexplained gifts or money
Have a distrust of authority
Hang out with groups of older people or anti-social groups
Claim they’re in a relationship with an older boyfriend or girlfriend
Spend more time online
Changes in behaviour
Depression or anxiety
Changes in eating habits
Taking alcohol or drugs
Becoming very secretive (including around what they are doing online)
Signs of child sexual exploitation and grooming could easily be mistaken for ‘normal’ teenage behaviour. But if you have any concerns at all, it’s important you say something.