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What to do if you're concerned about sexual exploitation happening to someone you know

Sexual exploitation, grooming, online exploitation - these forms of abuse could be happening to a friend or a young person you know. Sadly, child sexual exploitation (CSE) does happen in Warwickshire and is affecting the lives of young people across the county.

To raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and the warning signs, the multi agency team in Warwickshire are focusing on a week of activity across social media, aiming to share advice on how to identify warning signs and ways in which people can report concerns.

Something's Not Right
Something's Not Right
 CSE is child abuse, it happens when a young person is encouraged, or forced, to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something. The reward might be presents, money, alcohol, or simply just the promise of love and affection. It might seem like a normal friendship or relationship at the beginning, but the young person might be persuaded to do sexual things they don't want to do in return for something. The young person might not recognise the grooming or the controlling nature of the relationship and won't see themselves as being taken advantage of or exploited.

Friends, parents, carers - what you can do to help:

  • Know the signs - warning signs of grooming include unexplained gifts, unexplained changes in behaviour or personality, changes in physical appearance such as weight loss, being absent from school, going missing, being overly familiar with friends that you don't know. Visit to learn more.
  • Visit Barnardo's Real Love Rocks a website all about raising awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation and what a healthy and safe relationship is.
  • Respect Yourself is a website put together by Warwickshire County Council's Respect Yourself Campaign Team in partnership with NHS Warwickshire, Coventry University and with a huge input from young people themselves. This site is aimed at young people - 13 years old and over, it's a resource that is safe and reliable, including healthy relationships, sex and contraception. The site is monitored and supported by professionals who can provide the answers and encourage young people to take control of their relationships and to move at a pace they are comfortable with.
  • Please follow, like and share our posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we are sharing important content on warning signs, advice and how to report concerns.

If you think someone you know is being sexually exploited, please report it to help and protect that child or young person - your observations and phone call could make all the difference to an exploited child.

Please report any concerns to Warwickshire Police on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency).

If you're worried about the way someone is treating you, or someone else, if something's not right, call or text the Say Something helpline on 116 000 - it's free and anonymous.


Issued: Tuesday 13 March 2018 10:10am HB, Corporate Communications


Published 13/03/18