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Spot the signs

Signs of CSE 

Whether you're a parent, you work with young people or you're concerned a child is at risk, there are a number of signs you can look out for:
  • Unexplained gifts or expensive items, such as clothes or mobiles 
  • Drug or alcohol use 
  • Bruises or marks on the body 
  • Contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Regularly going missing or running away 
  • Missing school or not taking part in class 
  • Often seen getting in or out of different vehicles  
  • Changes in behaviour, for example aggressive, defensive, mood swings 
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviour like being over familiar with strangers or sexting 
  • Changes in appearance such as losing weight, malnourished 
  • Hanging out with anti-social groups, gangs, known criminals and/or fighting 
  • Having relationships and friendships with older people   
  • Involved in abusive relationships, feeling fearful of certain people.

help and support

If you're concerned a child is already suffering or is likely to be harmed, or if you're a young person worried about being sexually exploited, there are a number of organisations that can help depending on the circumstances:
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