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Spotting the Signs of CSE

Spotting the Signs of CSE

Sometimes things that seem like normal teenage behaviour could be a sign a young person is being sexually exploited. Signs to watch out for:

  • Becoming withdrawn, clingy or moody
  • Unexplained changes in personality, mood swings and seeming insecure
  • Nightmares or sleeping problems
  • Running away, staying out overnight, missing school
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Talk of a new, older friend, boyfriend or girlfriend and unexplained money or gifts
  • Spending a lot of time online
  • Losing contact with family and friends or becoming secretive
  • Physical signs such as unexplained soreness or bruises around private areas
  • Or you may just be worried about unsafe sexual behaviour

Any one sign doesn’t mean that a young person is being sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you should begin to ask questions and consider seeking help.

Source “West Yorkshire Police with Pupils from Airedale Academy” Published on 11 Oct 2013

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