Are You Worried About A Friend?
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.
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 – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus
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
Yorkshire MESMAC – BLAST!
Project works with men and boys involved in or at risk of becoming involved in sexual exploitation, aged 25 and under and living in Leeds or Bradford.
For more information and advice see the following links -
Child sexual exploitation advice for adults – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse
Online grooming – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/who-r-u-talking-to
CSE Party Model – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/partyanimals
Sexting – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/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 – www.bradford-scb.org.uk
Calderdale – www.calderdale-scb.org.uk
Kirklees – www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk
Leeds – www.leedslscb.org.uk
Wakefield – www.wakefieldlscb.org.uk
CSE Female Poster (PDF)
CSE Male Poster (PDF)