Are you worried about a friend? Child Sexual Exploitation Campaign


Are you worried about a friend? Has their behaviour changed recently, but you don’t really know why? It’s probably nothing to worry about, but if they are displaying the following characteristics it could be a sign that they are a victim of child sexual exploitation –

  • Out late or going missing
  • Being secretive
  • Always talking to new ‘friends’ online
  • Behaving different, more aggressive or quiet
  • Got an older boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Getting presents like drinks, cigarettes, money, phone, drugs

If this sounds familiar and you are worried about your friend, or even if it sounds like something that is happening to you, there are lots of people that you can speak to.

Even if you aren’t sure if what is happening is grooming, we would rather hear about it, even if it turns out to be nothing.

Child sexual exploitation can happen to any young person, boy or girl and from any background. Anything that has happened is never the fault of the young person and the needs and wishes of the victim will always come first.

West Yorkshire Police have specially trained officers who will always do their best to make things better and they won’t judge or blame anyone. 

But if you would rather not speak to the police, that’s fine, and there are lots of other organisations that you can speak to who are ready and waiting to hear from you.


Useful Contacts

West Yorkshire Police
Call 101 and ask to speak to a Safeguarding Officer
If there is a crime in progress or a danger to life always call 999.
You can also use our live webchat –
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, for non-emergencies you can text 07786 200 200 or use Typetalk 18001 101

You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Crimestoppers won’t ask for your name

0800 111

0808 800 5000
[email protected]

Useful links

For more information and advice see the following links -

Child sexual exploitation advice for adults –

Online grooming –

Sexting –

CEOP - Information for children, adults or teachers on staying safe on the internet

Barnardo’s – Cut them free campaign.

PACE - a free resource for parents and professionals which raises awareness of child sexual exploitation

Local Safeguarding Children Boards:
Bradford –
Calderdale –
Kirklees –
Leeds –
Wakefield –

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