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Child Sexual Exploitation is happening in Warwickshire. Don't ignore it.

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.

If you know a young person who is showing some of these signs and you're worried about them please report it now.

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 or a 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.
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