Know the signs
Victims of CSE often begin to behave differently once under the control of their abuser. Watch out for these signs and be prepared to report it if you are worried.
|Staying out late|
|Becoming isolated from friends or social networks|
|Mobile phone or internet use that causes concern|
|Failing to turn up to school, or being excluded|
|Misusing drugs or alcohol|
|Expressing despair through activities such as self-harm, eating disorders, overdosing, aggression or challenging behaviour|
|Sexually transmitted diseases|
|Unsuitable or inappropriate accommodation, such as living on the street|
|Having unexplained amounts of money, expensive clothes or other items|
|Going missing overnight, or for longer|
|Physical injuries that have no plausible explanation|
|Reporting an assault (physical or sexual) but then withdrawing the complaint|
|Getting in or out of vehicles driven by unknown adults|
|Going to places known for on or off street sexual exploitation|
|Having an older 'boyfriend', or being in a relationship with a controlling adult|
|Physical or emotional abuse by that 'boyfriend' or adult|
|Having friends or acquaintances involved in 'clipping' (where payment is received in exchange for agreeing to perform sexual acts, but then not actually performing them)|
I got involved with older men because I thought they would be my friend or love me.
Offenders come from many different social and ethnic backgrounds, but all have one thing in common. They use their position to exploit vulnerable young people and abuse them.