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SPOTTING THE SIGNS OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE)


   Grooming

   People who target and groom children for the purposes 
   of sexually exploiting them are often very clever in the way that
   they do it. Grooming can be subtle and you might not even realise
   that it's happening until it's too late.

   Grooming can take many different forms, so spotting that it's
   happening is not always easy. It could be anything from someone 
   your own age befriending you before introducing you to their
   older 'friends' or 'relatives' to an adult trying to gain your trust by
   giving you presents and attention before demanding sexual favours
   in return.

   Knowing how the grooming process works will help you to spot
   when it's happening to you or a friend.

THEY MAY TRY TO GAIN YOUR TRUST BY:

Giving you money or buying gifts including drugs and alcohol

Taking you out to nice places or giving you somewhere
to stay


Giving you attention and telling you that they love you
IN RETURN THEY MAY MAKE YOU DO THINGS LIKE:

Have sex or do something sexual with them or others

Take sexually explicit pictures of yourself and share them online

Look at sexual pictures or watch them carry out sexual acts

And if you don't then they could make you feel guilty or even threaten you with physical violence or humiliate you in front of others or online
IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT IF THIS HAPPENS
TO YOU


People who target and groom young people are very clever in the way they work, and you may not know you are being groomed until it is too late

There are lots of people who can help you - so don't suffer in silence

Tell someone  you trust - if you don't think you can tell your parents or carers then maybe another close relative or a teacher