It is not OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do things you don’t want to. Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right – tell someone.


What is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when a young person is used by being made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.

Advice by young people for young people about staying safe

Remember that people who are nice to you or are flirty may want something in return later on. It is 
not always possible to trust someone completely and there may be a catch.
Don’t put all your trust in one person
Be wary! You don’t get anything for free.
If you are going to stay with ‘a friend of a friend’ try and stay with the friend that you know. Leave the house when they leave. Don’t stay because the other people are not your friends.
If you’re tempted to run away to meet someone that you’ve met online try and find out as much as possible about the person you’re going to meet – remember people are not always who they say they are. Do some research about them or go and meet them with a friend so you’re not alone and in case they have lied about their age. If you’re ever going to meet someone for the first time – make sure you take someone you trust with you.
Make sure you carry a phone and try and memorise a few numbers in case you lose your phone or the battery goes flat – or someone steals it.
Make sure you carry some change in case you need to use a phone box OR use reverse charges from a phone box – or call a free phone number.
Watch out for signs that other young people or adults might be risky – listen to what advice your friends give you about other people. Also remember that people don’t always look their age.
If you do have to stick it out in the street because it is better than going home then try and stay in public areas, don’t talk to strangers and don’t get into anyone’s cars, although it can be really difficult to follow this advice and do these things if you don’t want to be found.
The longer you stay away from home the more scared you are of going home. You worry that your parents or carers may be angry about what you have done. You might have turned off your phone to stop them calling you or because you don’t want the police to be able to track you if you are reported missing. …But it can be good to turn your phone on – its a way of receiving a reassuring text message from your parents or carers or someone else who understands – and that will help to stop you feeling so scared.


Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen if I call or text?

It’s your call, we are here to listen and support you.
You might want to report something to us or you might want to discuss something with us – either way it’s on your terms.

What does anonymous and confidential mean?

We cannot trace your phone number or email address so we do not know who you are. You do not need to tell us your name or anything about yourself for us to still be able to listen. If you do want to report something or if you want us to give you some help we may ask you for your name and contact details, again it is up to you if you give it us.
If you decide not to let us help you but you have told us your details and we believe you are at risk of serious harm we may need to let someone know.
Your phone number cannot be seen by us and will not show on your bill.

Who answers my call or text?

We are a team of trained staff and volunteers here for you 24/7.

We won’t judge you or tell you what to do. We will listen to, understand and help you.

This service is provided by the charity helpline Missing People.

What do I have to say?

You do not have to tell us anything, we know that sometimes its hard to talk, its your call we are here to listen to your worries, it might be that you are calling about someone else.
If you do want us to pass information to someone we will need to know more information. We do have a report form that we can pass onto the police, we can pass on information without sharing your details.

How do I contact you?

24/7, free, anonymous,call or txt 116000

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Getting help

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
  • Find someone you can trust to talk to – it doesn’t matter the role they’re in or job they do but 
whether you like them as a person. 

  • You could call or text the free 116 000 helpline to talk to someone anonymously 24/7
  • You could call the police if things get really bad.
  • You can send an e-mail for free; from a library or something – you can email to #SaySomething

“Even though you might think that there’s nothing left or nowhere to go or nothing good will happen. It’s not true. Everything will be ok”                                                                                  Young Person

“Don’t ever think no one will believe you. Someone will believe you and trust you.”      
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Other places to go for help

First it’s important to remember that the Police care a lot about children and young people being safe. CSE is against the law.
If you, or someone else, is in immediate danger then dial 999 and ask for help from the Police.

aSk app
aSk UK is a health information app for young people in the UK encouraging safer sex and signposting to advise & services.

Brook Young People’s Information Service:
020 7617 8000
Information, support and signposting service for young people under 25 on sexual health. Also runs a confidential enquiry service via the Brook website . Details of local services available via text message (see website for details). 24hr recorded information line on a range of sexual health topics (020 7617 8000). With centres throughout the UK offering free contraception, pregnancy testing and counselling.

CEOP … Think U know
The latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

0800 1111
A confidential 24hr free telephone helpline. Emotional support for children and young people on issues relating to child abuse, bullying etc.

FACE (Fighting Against Child Exploitation) is a group of young people, male and female, who are aware of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation. This website was developed nu them to help other young people who are vulnerable or taking risks. We hope this website will let them know about the dangers out there and give information on how to keep safe.

Missing People Helpline: Say Something
The Say Something campaign has been developed with young people and aims to safeguard vulnerable children and young people by empowering them to identify early indicators of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Say Something will also offer a free, 24-hour, anonymous phone and SMS helpline, 116 000, enabling young people to disclose information and see support.