Child Exploitation

Advice if you are concerned about child exploitation

what is child exploitation (CE)?

Child Exploitation (CE) is a type of child abuse and is when a young person is forced or encouraged to take part in sexual activity in return for something, e.g. attention, money, drugs, alcohol or accommodation. It can happen to any young person from any background, culture or religion, regardless of gender.

Spotting the signs

Child exploitation is a hidden crime. Young people will often trust their abuser and won't understand that they're being abused. They also may be too scared to tell anyone what's happening.

Signs to look out for:

  • Going missing regularly or return home late
  • Regularly missing school or not taking part in education
  • Being very secretive with their phone or what they are doing online
  • Associating with older people
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Unexplained gifts
  • Losing contact with family and friends
  • Unexplained changes in personality, mood swings and seeming insecure
  • Becoming withdrawn, clingy or unusually secretive

How to get help

It's ok to talk to someone, even if you went along with things at first, it's not too late to get help.

You can talk confidentially about your concerns and seek advice from Parents Protect: Parents Protect - Telephone: 0808 1000 900

Thames Valley Police

If you or a child / young person is in immediate danger call 999. Alternatively contact your local police on 101 who will have a dedicated team you can talk to about child exploitation.

If you are concerned about a child / young person in Buckinghamshire contact Buckinghamshire Council's First Response Team on 01296 383962, or email the First Response Team

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