Child sex exploitation - What are the signs?

There are a number of signs associated with children at risk, including:Signs

  • Missing from home or care.

  • Physical injuries.

  • Drug or alcohol misuse.

  • Becoming involved in crime.

  • Repeat sexually-transmitted infections, pregnancy and terminations.

  • Absent from school.

  • Change in physical appearance.

  • Evidence of sexual bullying and/or vulnerability through the internet and social networking sites.

  • Becoming estranged from family and friends.

  • Unexplained gifts or possessions.

  • Recruiting others into exploitative situations.

  • Poor mental health.

  • Self-harm.

  • Thoughts of, or attempts, at suicide.

  • Having a much older boyfriend.

  • Disclosing sexual assault then withdrawing the complaint.