COULD THIS BE YOUR CHILD? CSE - KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
Parents are being encouraged to look out for signs of grooming and sexual exploitation in their children’s behaviour in the latest phase of our awareness campaign launched this week.
Using the message ‘Could this be your child?’ it highlights key warning signs to help parents identify concerns and get help.
These include a child being secretive, moody, withdrawn, receiving unexplained gifts, skipping school, staying out late, changing their appearance and telling lies, along with signs of physical abuse.
The campaign will directly target parents through the digital platforms they use.
Using a mix of animations and banners it will be delivered through popular gaming, entertainment and mobile messaging apps, social media and online magazines.
It will also feature on a large digital roadside screen at the junction of the M6 and M5 and posters will feature at Birmingham’s New Street Station and at the NEC.
This is the latest phase of our See Me, Hear Me campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
It follows our successful summer digital campaign, ‘Do you know what your friend’s doing’ which targeted young people with messages to look out for signs of CSE among their friends.
For more information on knowing the warning signs visit our Parent page
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR FRIEND’S DOING?
Sexual exploitation can happen to young people of all backgrounds and from all communities, male or female. As a young person, it’s important to know what signs to look out for to keep you and your friends safe from harm.
The information below should help you spot sexual exploitation and make it easier for you to see the signs in your friends.
You can also watch the short animations below and share them with your friends.
WHAT IS CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION?
Sexual exploitation is a crime, it’s when someone forces you to do something sexual in return for some kind of payment, such as drugs, gifts or affection.
It may be someone you consider to be a boyfriend or girlfriend. It could be someone you’ve just met or a group of new friends you’re now hanging out with. It could also be someone you’ve met online.
IN RETURN THEY MAY:
SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN YOUR FRIEND:
IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS HAPPENING TO YOU OR ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS, YOU CAN SPEAK TO BARNARDO’S IN CONFIDENCE ON 0121 359 5333 OR CALL THE POLICE ON 101.
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