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Getting help

Think you or a friend might have been sexually exploited?
Want some advice or someone to talk to?
Worried about your child or a young person in your care?


It’s okay to speak to someone. Exploitation is never your fault, even if you went along with things at first. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate young people.

CrimestoppersTell Crimestoppers. You can report child sexual exploitation to Crimestoppers. It is totally anonymous. Call 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website.

The National Crime Agency's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. For advice, help or to make a report visit the CEOP safety centre.

Professionals - what to do if you're concerned

Agencies should provide information and intelligence on CSE to Essex Police either by telephone or email.

You can complete a CSE-1 Intelligence and Information Report.

Complete as much information as possible and email to [email protected] if you are not sending from a secure email address please password protect the document and contact us with the password

By Phone: 101 and request transfer to Child Sexual Exploitation Triage Team. In an emergency always call the 999.

Or any information can be sent by email to [email protected]

Other support and advice

Barnardos - information and resources

Chelsea's Choice - awareness raising and powerful video production

Childline contact number: 0800 1111

My New Friend - The Grooming and Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Young Men

NSPCC Childline

NSPCC Childline number: 0800 1111

NSPCC advice line for adults worried about children: 0808 800 5000

NSPCC - More information and resources

The NWG website is a really useful site for resources on a range of issues, many can be accessed for free without becoming a member. Their latest campaign materials can be found here.

PACE - The Parents Against Child Exploitation website offers telephone support, online resources, advice, guidance and advocacy support as well as a long term befriending service.  Parents and carers can register for this free online course here.

Parents Protect is an information and resources website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. There's also a guide for parents of children who have got into trouble online.

Say Something - service for young people to report sexual exploitation  - The national campaign has been developed with young people and aims to safeguard vulnerable children and young people by empowering them to identify early indicators of child sexual exploitation (CSE). All Say Something briefings and posters are available to download here.

The BLAST Project is the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation service supporting and working solely with boys and young men who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Victims gateway

Virtual Global Taskforce - videos to use with young people to help them understand issues such as sexting and online grooming.

CARE Project

The Children’s Society (TCS) East have 12 CSE projects running across the country. The project workers, each working with up to 30 young people over the course of a year.  In addition the project works with the Engagement team from Essex County Council to deliver 6 groups across the County each year. This is the referral form for the service, this will also be found at alongside the other services TCS East offer. Please complete the referral form with as much information as you can.  Where possible please attach a CSE risk assessment form.

Child exploitation and Online protection centre

The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.

Centre for action on rape and abuse

CARA is a confidential and non-judgemental support service for women, children and young people, living in North or Mid-Essex who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or assault either recently or in the past, either directly or indirectly.  This could have involved a friend, family member or stranger. Enquiries: 01206 769795 - Leave a message on our confidential 24 hour answerphone.

South Essex rape and incest crisis centre

SERICC provides free and specialist services in South East Essex including Thurrock, Basildon and Brentwood. A confidential and independent service for women and girls over 12 years who have or who are experiencing any form of sexual violence. You can also phone if you are worried about your child, someone else in your family, or someone you know.  Provide telephone counselling and 'one to one' counselling, emotional support and practical information.   If you are worried, need support or information please call  01375 380609.

Southend on Sea rape crisis

SOSRC provides specialist services covering the Southend, Castlepoint and Rochford areas for male and female survivors, of all ages, of sexual violence or abuse. For help and information call 01702 303232

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