Child sexual exploitation

Learn the signs and protect your child and other people’s children

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Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse. Children receive something in return for carrying out sexual activities such as gifts, affection or money. Children may be invited to parties where a potential offender may try to give them drugs or alcohol. Sometimes children will be given affection and compliments and even offers of romance and marriage, in order to groom them into taking part in sexual activities. Children can be far too easily contacted on-line by people who want to sexually exploit them and forced to comply with unsafe activities, both on and off line.

Everyone can help to significantly reduce the risk to children of sexual exploitation. You too can help. If you're a parent we can help you if you have worries about your child. Ask for help, see list of expert contacts below or email us on cse@southwark.gov.uk.

Community groups and faith groups and local businesses can help. Staff teams that meet people can help. Many people in jobs and volunteer roles already get to know families and children and young people over a long period of time; and you can see when something changes and when there could be a problem.

Sometimes it's a matter of spotting something happening in a public space. You need to know what to look out for and how to report your concerns.

If you want to know more about how you can help, please contact the council at cse@southwark.gov.uk.

We can help staff teams and community groups or other groups of people with 1 hour awareness workshops, all free and arranged at a place and time that suits your team. Again the thing to do is email us at cse@southwark.gov.uk.

What parents and concerned adults should do

  • if you want to report sexual exploitation as a crime, call Crimestoppers on freephone number 0800 555 111; in an emergency always call 999 or call the police on 101 if it is not an emergency and you want to report a concern
  • for confidential advice about sexual exploitation and keeping your child safe, call 0808 1000 900; this advice line, provided by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, provides other resources on their website including this leaflet, which is aimed at helping parents keep their children safe
  • British charity PACE UK supports parents whose children may have been sexually exploited; contact their support team on 0113 240 3040 if you have concerns about your child
  • the NSPCC offers useful internet safety resources for parents and families - their Share Aware campaign helps parents keep their children safe online, learn tips to help you talk to your child about internet safety and they offer a simple guide for parents covers the most popular social network apps and sites
  • CEOP, part of the National Crime Agency, offers further materials to help parents keep their children and teenage children safe online; you can also report an offence

Page last updated: 12 April 2019