National Week of Action aimed at raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) between 21st September – 27th September.

There will be a great deal of activity across Greater Manchester this week aimed at raising awareness of CSE.

Stockport will hold two events:

23rd September 6pm onwards – Brinnington Park Fun Evening (information will be available at the event on how to stay safe in your local area, as well as loads of activities and displays).

Saturday 26 September 2015, 12 – 4, CSE Event outside Argos Merseyway (Dance Troop, agency stalls, music, mobile police station).

Please remember that CSE affects males and females. More information and resources are available at the It’s Not Okay website.

Warning signs

When a young person is being sexually exploited they may exhibit a range of types of behaviour or warning signs that might indicate that they’re a victim or at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Appearance and Behaviour

  • Physical symptoms (bruising suggestive of either physical or sexual assault).
  • Evidence of drug, alcohol or substance misuse.
  • Volatile behaviour / mood swings / use of abusive language.
  • Truancy/disengagement with education or change in performance at school.
  • Low self-image, low self-esteem, self-harming behaviour, e.g. cutting, overdosing, eating disorder, promiscuity.
  • Physical aggression towards others.
  • Change in appearance / always tired.

Sexual

  • Sexually transmitted infections / pregnancy / seeking an abortion.
  • Sexually risky behaviour.
  • Sexual / unexplained relationships with older people.
  • History of abuse or neglect.
  • Domestic violence / parental difficulties.
  • Clothing – inappropriate for age, borrowing clothing from others.
  • Reports that the child has been seen in places known to be used for sexual exploitation.

Relationships

  • Entering or leaving vehicles driven by unknown adults.
  • Hostility in relationship with parents/carers and other family members.
  • Reports to suggest the likelihood of involvement in sexual exploitation (eg from friends or family).
  • Associating with other young people who are known to be sexually exploited.
  • Inappropriate use of Internet – & forming relationships, with adults.
  • Phone calls, text messages or letters from unknown adults.
  • Adults or older youths loitering outside the child’s usual place of residence.

Missing / Homelessness

  • Truancy.
  • Placement breakdown.
  • Persistently missing, staying out overnight or returning late.
  • Returning after having been missing, looking well cared for in spite of having no known home base.
  • Missing for long periods, with no known home base.
  • Going missing and being found in areas where the child or young person has no known links.

Financial

  • Petty crime e.g. shoplifting, stealing.
  • Having keys to other premises.
  • Expensive clothes, mobile phones or other possessions without explanation.
  • Accounts of social activities requiring money.
  • Possession of large amounts of money with no plausible explanation.