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Crack down on child abuse

The more you know, the more you see

Spotting the signs of child sex exploitation is everyone’s business – that’s the message from a new multi-agency awareness campaign to crack down on child abuse in Norfolk.

Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group is one of many backing the campaign, called The more you know, the more you see, which launches on National Child Sex Exploitation Awareness Day (March 18).

It is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere – and involves offenders grooming youngsters and using their power to sexually abuse them. But many young people who are being abused do not realise they are at risk and will not call for help.

And, while there is no stereotypical victim of exploitation, there are warning signs in children's behaviour that may indicate something is wrong – and if you know what you're looking for, you can take steps to help them.

What are the signs you need to know?

  • Has the young person received unexplained gifts or money?
  • Do they use their mobile phone secretively?
  • Do they have significantly older friends?
  • Have they been picked up from home or school by someone you don't know?
  • Are they associating with other young people who are already known to be vulnerable or involved in exploitation?
  • Have they started playing truant from school or regularly going missing from home?
  • Have they suffered from a sexually-transmitted infection?
  • Are they self-harming?
  • Has their appearance changed?

Find out more

Read more about the signs of child sex exploitation at www.norfolk.police.uk/cse

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation can contact Norfolk Police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

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Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG