Child Sexual Exploitation
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for
communities across the UK. Hidden from view and going unnoticed,
vulnerable young girls and boys are groomed and then abused,
leaving them traumatised and scarred for life.
Child sexual exploitation is illegal activity by people who have
power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.
This can involve a broad range of exploitative activity, from
seemingly ‘consensual’ relationships and informal exchanges of sex
for attention, accommodation, gifts or cigarettes, through to very
serious organised crime.
NSPCC - three short animations which deal with subject
of sexual exploitation.
The NSPCC has produced three short animations, available
on YouTube, which each deal with the subject of child sexual
exploitation in a different way.The animations attempt to clarify
the complex issues involved and offer starting points for
discussion with young people who might be experiencing similar
Click below to see some animations created by the
NSPCC and Childline to raise awareness of sexual
When Someone Cares
Story is Real
CHELSEA’S CHOICE – a
powerful production highlighting the issue of child sexual
We have commissioned 2 weeks this year of
'Chelsea's Choice' to deliver performances to
Upper Schools across Bedford Borough. 'Chelsea's
Choice' informs young people about grooming and helps
individuals to spot the signs of sexual exploitation.
'Chelsea’s Choice’ is a hard-hitting, 35 minute
long play which is followed by a 25 minute interactive session
which provides an opportunity to explore the issues raised in the
Raising young peoples’ awareness of child sexual exploitation is
key in helping to prevent them from becoming victims of this
If you would like more information on
Chelsea’s Choice please contact us at www.bedford.gov.uk/lscb or
telephone 01234 276512
Useful Contacts on Child Sexual Exploitation
If you or one of your friends are a victim
of or could be being sexually exploited contact Bedfordshire Police
who have a dedicated child sexual exploitation team. So if you want
to talk to a Police officer then please contact them either by
email CSE.Unit@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk or telephone 01234846914
or Bedfordshire Police on 101 or you can call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Brook provides free and confidential sexual
health services and advice for young people under 25 across
Broadway House, 4-6 the Broadway, Bedford,
Telephone: 01234 761090
Bedford Borough Council –
Children’s Social Care
If you are worried about yourself or a
friend you can call the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on
01234 718700 (office hours) or ring 0300 300 8123 (out of
In an emergency, phone the police 999.
‘We are a Partnership made up of over 20
member organisations working to support and provide services to
victims in Bedfordshire’. Please visit our website for
further detail http://www.bedfordshirevictimspartnership.org.uk/
A confidential & free telephone
helpline for women and men over the age of 10 years who have been
raped and / or sexually abused at any time in their lives. We offer
telephone support for survivors, information on other services and
1-1 counselling with qualified, specially trained counsellors in
safe, accessible places across Bedfordshire.
Helpline 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday 0300
PLEASE CONTACT US
No need to be referred by your GP or anyone else
Support for non offending partners, family members
The most important thing to remember if this is happening
is to tell someone. This could be anyone from your
parents or a teacher or just someone that you
trust. You can contact the police or speak to your
social worker if you have one. If you want to get
more information about what sexual exploitation is, there is lots
of things online for you to look at.
Barnardo's have made a leaflet for young people with
advice about spotting the signs of sexual exploitation and how to
keep you and your friends safe. The leaflet is
Childline is the free helpline for children and young people
in the UK. You can contact Childline by phone, e-mail, text
or via a message board.
Expert advice from NSPCC advisors, who are all trained child
if you think a child is in immediate danger, call the
police on 999.
faceup2it an interactive
website for children and young people who want to know the real
deal about child sexual exploitation, it includes advice and young
people's stories of CSE.
Don't be afraid - Say Something : Helpline for young
The Say Something campaign launched over the summer has been
developed with young people and aims to safeguard vulnerable
children and young people by empowering them through awareness and
education to identify early indicators of child sexual
exploitation. Say Something will also offer a free, 24-hour,
anonymous phone and SMS helpline, 116 000, to disclose information
and seek support.
The message is:
It is NOT OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do
things you don’t want to do sexually.
Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right say tell
24/7, FREE ANONYMOUS, CALL or TEXT 116 000
Information about Sexual
To watch a video on recognising the signs of sexual exploitation
A leaflet on how to keep you and your friends safe from
exploitation is available here
To watch a music video made to accompany my dangerous loverboy
Click on this link . The song lyrics and film tell the
story of a girl who meets an older boy. He buys her gifts, alcohol
and takes her to parties. He drugs her and she becomes entrapped
her in sex trafficking and exploitation.
To watch a short film about a young adolescent girl,
by clicking here Milly is groomed by an older man into
having sex with men for money. Milly lives with her mother and her
mother's violent partner. She meets Steve who woos her and
separates her from her friends. Milly moves in with Steve and
starts having sex with men She runs away after hearing Steve
arranging to take her to Leeds.