- Think you or a friend might have been sexually exploited?
- Want some advice or someone to talk to?
- Worried about your child or a young person in your care?
It's okay to speak to someone. Exploitation is never your fault, even if you went along with things at first. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate young people.
It not all right...
It's not all right for someone to pressure you into keeping things a secret or to threaten to tell your friends and family what is going on. Exploitation is never the fault of the victim, no matter what has happened or what you have done. Get help.
Talk to someone you can trust
If you think you or a friend is being sexually exploited, talk to someone you trust. This might be a teacher, a youth worker, an adult family relative or family friend or your parents. Don't be scared to tell.
Look after your friends...
You might not be a victim of sexual exploitation, but a friend may be. They may not realise they are a victim, or they might be worried they will get in trouble. Emerald Team can help.
Speak to the Emerald Team, your local specialist team
Emerald Team team is made up of specialists from children's social care and the police. They can give you lots of help and advice if you're worried about yourself or someone else. They can also provide information and support to parents or local businesses. Call: 01249 709400 .
If you think a child or young person is at risk of significant harm, or is injured, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 456 0108, or if there is immediate danger phone the police or emergency services on 999.
Report it to the Police
Child sexual exploitation is against the law. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 999. Report child sexual exploitation to the police by dialling 101.