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The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day, held on 18th March 2021, aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero-tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

Together, we can work to inform, educate and prevent child abuse within the UK.

Learn to spot the signs

  • Missing Day or Night
    Missing from home or education. Not knowing where they are or who they are with.
  • New places
    Discovering they have been going to new places where they have no obvious connections.
  • Online use
    Spending more time online. Secretive activity, refusal to come offline. Have they distanced themselves from family, friends and usual activities?
  • Change in appearance
    Clothing, personal hygiene, talking differently, tired.
  • Injuries
    Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, marks. Reluctance to seek medical attention.
  • Change in behaviour
    Have they become unusually secretive, fearful or withdrawn, aggressive, distanced themselves from family and friends, involved in anti-social behaviour.
  • Change in friends
    Sudden changes in who they are ‘hanging out’ with including meeting new people from social media.
  • Coping mechanisms
    Alcohol/drug use/self-harm – what they may be doing or using in order to cope.

  • Possessions
    Unexplained items e.g. New clothing, money, phone, drugs.

If you feel that you need advice and support to feel safe or you are concerned about another student, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will put you in touch with a member of the Safeguarding Team.

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