To avoid situations that could put you at risk of child sexual exploitation you should consider the following:
• stick with friends of similar age to you - good friends won’t ask you to do things you’re uncomfortable with
• ask yourself ‘am I safe?’
• if someone offers you something for free, question what they want in return?
• listen to your body for signs you feel unsafe
• be careful what personal details you give out
• make sure you know where you are going and how to get home
• charge your phone and have credit
• make sure you tell someone you trust where you are going
• be aware drinking or taking drugs can make you vulnerable
These organisations can help you understand and deal with situations involving child sexual exploitation. You can call anonymously and you don’t have to give your name.
• Police – call 999 if you or a friend is in immediate danger call the police 999
• Childline - visit www.childline.org.uk or call 0800 1111
• National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - visit www.nspcc.org.uk or call 0808 800 5000
• Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - visit www.ceop.Police.uk or call 0870 000 3344
• Say something – visit www.stop-cse.org/saysomething call 116000 or text for free