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.

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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.

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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  • WHAT IS CSE?

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  • WHO IS AT RISK?

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  • THE IMPACT OF CSE

    The impact of child sexual exploitation on the young people affected is huge.

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