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. There are direct links below to further advice as well as contact details.

Whether you are a young person, parent/carer, professional or just worried about someone, read on to find out how you can report concerns.

one-to-one counselling, group work drop-in sessions for young people at risk in the community

  Call Freephone 0800 1111 or speak to other young   people on the message board. 

Sexual violence services to adults, children and young people across Southend, Essex and Thurrock. Victims can refer online or  Call03000 03 77 77.

  EYPDAS - Essex Young People's Drug & Alcohol Service

 EYPDAS works with you to keep you safe and get things sorted. 

  Call08444 991 323 or Text CHOICES to 80800

MindEd aims to give adults working with, or caring for young people knowledge and support to identify a child at risk of a mental health condition.

If you've run away, been forced to leave home, are thinking about it or are worried about someone, Runaway Helpline will listen and offer support.

You can text even if you have no credit left. 

Or Write to: Freepost Missing People - you don't need a stamp.

Pace helps parents to understand what is happening to their child. It offers one-to-one telephone support and advice, networking days, befriending schemes and a free online training tool.

  If you're worried about gangs, it can be difficult to know   what to do to help protect young people.

  Call our 24-hour helpline anonymously: 0808 800 5000

  Text 88858

If you work with children or young people who may have been or about to be trafficked into the UK, contact this specialist service for information and advice.  

Email or call 0808 800 5000

Access videos and advice on child safety, talking to teens about sex, spotting violence in relationships.  

 Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAT) - Southend only

Treatment provision for under 21's, who live in Southend. YPDAT also has a parents/carers group.

Telephone: 01702 534300 


   Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS)

  Refer children and young people living in Southend, Essex or Thurrock.

   Call 0300 300 1600 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) 

   Call NELFT: 0300 555 1201 (Out of hours/Weekend Crisis Support)

  We campaign for a traffik-free world! Use the    smartphone app to report what you see or know.

  If you are in need of assistance, are a nominated      First Responder, or simply a concerned individual, who  suspects someone may be a victim of modern slavery.  

24-hour confidential Referral Helpline: 

0300 3038151

 Practical information to help  parents and carers keep    youngsters safe from harm.

A partnership of organisations joining up to help protect children from online child abuse and other forms of transnational child sexual exploitation.


  Support and advice to those working with children        and young people affected by abuse.   

  Join the network

  CSE Response Unit Helpline: 0300 303 3032

 Confidential advice for children and young          people who are either at risk of, or actually          experiencing sexual exploitation.

  The CARE Team has a dedicated Boys and    Young Men CSE worker offering support and          training.

  General enquiries: 0300 303 7000

 Specialist support to victims and survivors of any kind of  sexual violence.

 CARA works with adults, young people and children across  Mid and north Essex.  Services for women can be provided  in a women-only environment, on request.

 24-hour Answerphone: 01206 769795

   Support for non-abusive parents and carers of children who have    been sexually abused.

   Helpline: 0800 980 1958




  Help, advice, support and intervention for individuals       and families on issues surrounding child sexual                 abuse.


   Confidential, free phone helpline for      people struggling with sexual                thoughts and behaviours towards          children.

   Also supports anyone with a concern, including parents/carers of children and young people with worrying sexual behaviour, and friends and family worried about the behaviour of another adult.

Helpline: 0808 1000 900 (Mon to Thurs: 9am to 9pm; Fri: 9am to 7pm)

Email (confidential):

  Working to help make the internet a      great and safe place for children.

                                                                            Call: 020 7639 6967

Parents & Community

If you have concerns about child sexual exploitation: 

Call Police on 101 

If you or a young person you care about is in immediate danger: 

Dial 999

If you are concerned about a child in Essex, call Family Operations Hub (Social Care): 

0345 603 7627 or 

0845 606 1212 (out of hours)

To report anonymously, call: 

For concerns about online sexual exploitation:

Professionals - if you have concerns

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

Call 101 to request a transfer to Operations Centre Triage Team

Email a Essex Police Child Information Sharing Form

Complete the form with much information as possible.

If you are not sending from a secure email address, please password protect the document and contact the team with the password.

CSE Toolbox

For professionals who work with children, young people and families, when they have concerns about child sexual exploitation.  

Download to access guidance and resources:

(this includes access to the CSE Risk & Vulnerabilities Assessment)