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Let’s stop child exploitation now

You are not alone, there are specially trained professionals that help you.

Know and see the signs

When is a friend, not a friend?
Recognising exploitation is hard. It could be a friend or a group of friends, or a partner. If you know and see the signs you can do something about it.
New internet friends
People of any age can ask to add or follow children and young people online. Then they start sending private messages.
Gifts and bribery
They give gifts and money, party invitations and offer drugs and alcohol. They will expect something in return.
Sexual pressure
They apply pressure for sex with them or someone they know. Young people may feel like they have to do this to be liked.
They take suggestive pictures or video, then threaten to post them online. They make people look at images that can make the feel uncomfortable.
If what they want isn't done, they use threats of violence, they promise they won't do it again, but they do.

Read more about the warning signs

Child exploitation is a crime

You are not alone, there are specially trained professionals that help support you and your family.

Call the
National anonymous
CSE helpline on

116 000
Report child abuse to the
Police by
dialling 101
or anonymously to
Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111
If you or someone you
know is in
immediate danger
dial 999

What to look out for

You can often hear about the horrible things people can do to each other on the internet, TV or perhaps even close to home, discussed in school or college. Some of the awful things that happen to young people happen because people use control and abuse trust in friendship and relationships both on-line or in person.

Making new friends and meeting a whole range of different people is something we all like to do and most people we meet will be genuine but sometimes you can meet people who might try and take advantage of you.

Let’s stop child exploitation now

Help and support

Just need someone to talk to?

Child exploitation is child abuse. If you suspect that a young person is a victim or is at risk of child exploitation you must get professional help.

Barnado's on 0121 3595333
ChildLine on 0800 1111
NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000

Real Stories

Ella’s story
Soon after my 13th birthday, a friend and I went one Saturday to a shopping centre in the nearest town. None of us had what you’d call a boyfriend then...
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Josh’s story
I was 12 when I started to use the internet to find out more about my sexuality. I was confused because I found men attractive but felt too embarrassed to speak....
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Katy’s story
Moving to a new school was a big deal for me, I was at last able to leave behind the torment dished out to me by the kids who made fun of me because of my weight....
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Further support

Need someone to talk to someone in confidence?

Contact the NSPCC if you are worried about a child.


Phone 0808 800 5000


Report a concern to the NSPCC

Contact ChildLine for anonymous help, advice and support 24/7.


Phone 0800 1111


ChildLine website

Report it anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers


Phone 0800 555 111


Report anonymously using Crimestoppers