Today, in Parliament Nicola launched a new helpline which gives young people another way of reporting Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
The dedicated freephone helpline called ‘Say Something’ will provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, will be managed and operated by the charity Missing People.
The helpline which allows young people to make reports and discuss concerns about themselves or friends has been funded by The Department for Education. It is a joint initiative between the charities National Working Group (NWG) Network and Missing People.
Young people can either call or text the helpline on the anonymous 116 000 number. They will be able to access appropriate advice and support from trained and experienced staff and volunteers. If during the call any immediate safeguarding concerns for a child are raised, the charity can then share information with the police.
Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money, gifts including alcohol, tobacco and drugs, accommodation, affection or status.
Nicola says It’s important we all think about this, spot the signs and speak out against abuse, and adopt a zero tolerance attitude to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children. There is a responsibility on everyone in society to do all they can to protect vulnerable people. Together, we can work to inform, educate and prevent this form of child abuse. “Anything that increases signposting in this crucial area has to be commended, and will hopefully this helpline increase reporting.
Signs that a child may be at risk include drug or alcohol misuse, sexual health issues and sexualised behaviour, sudden access to money or new things, self-harm, change in appearance, change in temperament, low self-esteem, unexplained injuries, criminality, older friends and acquaintances and repeatedly going missing, absent or truant.
If you have any concerns that a child you know may be a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation report it to Thames Valley Police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999 and make an immediate report.
Useful Phone Numbers
Say Something Helpline 116 000
Thames Valley Police by calling 101 (999 in an emergency)
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
For more info on CSE support locally Oxfordshire Children’s Social Care webpage
There are also local specialists who can advise you if you are worried.
They can also talk to any child or young person themselves.
Contact the Kingfisher Team on 01865 335 276.
For more information visit:
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Child Sexual Exploitation page on NSPCC Website
Barnardos: Barnados website
National Helpline for male victims of CSE 07808 863 662
UK safer internet centre website >
Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre
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