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Spot the signs

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.

Young people who are involved in child sexual exploitation may:

  • 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

Signs that a child is being abused:

  • Changes in behaviour

  • Becoming withdrawn

  • Aggressive behaviour

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Changes in eating habits

  • Taking alcohol or drugs

  • Self-harm

  • Missing school

  • Problems sleeping

  • 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.

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