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I'm worried about exploitation

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.


>> Click the links to the right to get help, talk to someone or report a crime against yourself or someone you know. >>



Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse, when you are made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.


Need to know more?

Faceup2it - information and advice about CSE for young people, developed by young people.

Disrespect Nobody - campaign about healthy relationships and respect.

Project Consent - resource page for survivors of sexual assault and advocates who are fighting for a brighter future.

Barnardos - Real Love Rocks - raising awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation and what a healthy and safe relationship is.


Criminal Exploitation

Criminal Exploitation includes gang crime and county lines. A gang may claim control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent behaviour or other types of criminal activity. 


County lines is when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit children to sell drugs. They may make you travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs.


If you have become involved in a gang, are being pressurised to engage in county line activity and want help to get out of that lifestyle the websites below can offer support.



Gangsline - provides help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture.

You & Co youth programme - Coping with the effects of crime together

Essex Police video featuring Junior Smart (St Giles Trust) - talks about his experience leaving a gang. 



Trafficking/modern slavery

Trafficking is where children and young people are tricked, forced or persuaded to leave their homes and are moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.


It can happen to anyone – not just foreign children as is often thought. You could only be taken next door or down the road – it’s still classed as trafficking.


Need help or more information?

Modern Slavery helpline - You can call the 24/7 Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700, for free support. They will offer you advice on your situation and on your options for getting out of it if you want to.


Advice for Young People - A leaflet produced by the NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) Young People’s Advisory Group


Indecent Images - Know the Law


Taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent images and pseudo-photographs of people under 18 is illegal. It doesn’t matter how old they look, looking at indecent images of under 18s is illegal. Remember, those images are of real children and young people, and viewing them causes further harm. The Home Office has published guidance to help young people understand the law on making and sharing indecent images of people under 18 years-old. 


What should you do if you come across indecent images?

If you stumble across indecent images of children under 18 online, you can help by reporting it to the Internet Watch Foundation.



Online Safety

Being aware of the risk of technology, social media and the internet can play a massive part in helping you stay safe and avoid online exploitation, abuse or bullying. Check out our staying safe online page for information on privacy settings, what to do if you receive indecent images and how to game online safely.



Think U Know - Online safety resources

Marie Collins Foundation Steering clear of Indecent Images of Children – helping young men to stay safe online - This campaign aims to protect victims from online sexual abuse by guiding young men away from illegal content and driving awareness of the law so they can navigate their online environment safely and legally.