(April 2017) Please note this guidance is currently under review and will be updated in due course.
Could you spot the signs?
We have all heard of it. Here's six simple ways to understand it (with a sandwich)...
e-safety awareness for parents of children and young people
Two recent resources for the parents of children and young people focus on e-safety and sharing images.
Share Aware, NSPCC and O2
This micro site holds two e-safety animations for children aged 10-12 years old to watch, but also advises parents that one of the best ways to keep children safe is to talk openly and regularly about what they do and see online.
Nude Selfies, NCA-CEOP
A series of four films for parents and carers of young people of all ages, which are accompanied by a guidance pack and workshop plan for practitioners. These help people understand the reasons why young people create and share nude or nearly nude pictures of themselves. Film two gives advice on talking to young people. Film three is titled 'when you should be worried' and film four 'how to get help'.
Advice for parents and carers
Signs of sexual exploitation range from changes in mood, physical appearance and eating, to appearing with unexplained gifts, secretive mobile phone use and regularly missing school. To find out more about the signs, please scroll down to the leaflets for parents and carers and for young people.
You may be unsure about whether you're right to be worried, but it is important that you don't keep any concerns to yourself.
For advice, support or to report a concern, contact:
Children's Social Care
Leicestershire County Council - 0116 305 0005
Rutland County Council - 01572 758407
Leicester City Council - 0116 454 1004
Non emergencies, call 101
Concerns that a child is in immediate danger, call 999
Support and advice for young people
Say Something - call or text 116 000. Free and anonymous, 24/7. Provides support and a means to report child sexual exploitation. Run by the charity Missing People.