Report child sexual exploitation

  1. Report child sexual exploitation
  2. Who it affects
  3. How it happens
  4. Signs of abuse (You are here)
  5. What you can do

Signs of abuse

Children and young people who are the victims of sexual exploitation often do not recognise that they are being exploited.

However, there are a number of signs that a child may be being groomed for sexual exploitation:

  • Are they chatting online to people you have never met?
  • Are they secretive about where they have been and with whom?
  • Do they lack self confidence?
  • Are they losing contact with family and friends of their own age, and associating with an older age group?
  • Has there been a change in their mood or behaviour?
  • Have you had concerns that they could be using drugs and/or alcohol?
  • Have they begun a relationship with someone that you are concerned about?
  • Have they been coming home with money, clothes, jewellery or gadgets they can't account for?
  • Have they started to truant from school?
  • Have they been missing from home?
  • Are they staying out overnight?

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