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Webchat: Child Sexual Exploitation 13.11.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 13th November 2017.

Child sexual exploitation; also known as CSE, is a type of sexual abuse. Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:16

Join us in 15 minutes for today's webchat on child sexual exploitation

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:30

Welcome to today's chat on Child Sexual Exploitation.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of abuse in which young people (boys or girls) are taken advantage of by being tricked or forced into taking part in sexual activity.
The person or people who want to abuse you are very clever and make you think you are in a good relationship. They might pretend to be your girlfriend or boyfriend. They will be nice to you, compliment you, buy you gifts, give you lots of attention, listen to you and make you feel special. They might give you money, alcohol, cigarettes or drugs or just somewhere to stay. This is sometimes called GROOMING or BEING GRROOMED

Are you worried that you or a friend might be experiencing something like this?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:38

It is difficult to recognise that you are being abused until they start to ask for ‘something’ in return for all the gifts, time and attention they have given to you.
The ‘something ‘ that the person or people may want from you is
: to have sex with them
; to have sex with other people
; to look at sexual images – including films and pictures.
; to send sexual pictures of yourself.

Would you or your friends know what to look out for?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:42

It is important to look out for the warning signs that the relationship might not be what you think. Knowing some of the warning signs can help to keep you safe
Here are some of the warning signs to look out for
• Having an older boyfriend or girlfriend
• Staying out late or going missing from home for periods of time
• Not going to/ or missing some lessons at school.
• Being bought nice presents or given food, money, drink or drugs
• Chatting to people online who you don’t know
• Receiving calls/texts from strangers asking to meet up.
• Misusing alcohol or drugs.
• Accepting lifts from people you don’t know.
• Going to/ getting invited to parties where you don’t know anybody.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:44

Child sexual exploitation could happen to any young person from any community, background or religion. It happens to boys and girls. It is important to remember it is NEVER EVER your fault.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:47

The person or people who want to abuse you will try to befriend you, build up a friendship / relationship with you and try to get you to trust them. You might meet them through your family, friends at school or when you are ‘hanging out ‘ out with your friends after school or at the weekends. These people can be very clever, they know that young people like to meet with their friends in places such as the local park, cinema, shopping centres or fast food outlets.
But you don’t always have to meet them face to face, it might be someone you meet online.
They might try to isolate you from your family, friends and other people who care about you because it is easier to control you and make you do things if you have nobody to talk to.
As they gain more power and control over you they might threaten to hurt you or your family and friends if you don’t do what they want

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:50

You can keep yourself safe by knowing some of the WARNING SIGNS and using the TOP TIPS below to protect yourself from being exploited.
• If you are worried about yourself or a friend – PLEASE TALK TO SOMEONE.
• It’s OK to say no; it’s your choice.
• Don’t automatically trust people you don’t know – however friendly they seem
• Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
• Don’t add STRANGERS on your social media accounts
• Block people who are inappropriate when talking to you
• Don’t do anything you are not comfortable with.
• Make sure you have enough money to get home/credit on your phone.
• Listen to your gut feeling/ trust your instincts.
• Think about where you are going and who with- does anybody else know where you are going and who with.
• Let people know where you are and what time you will be home
• Don’t go off by yourself if you are taking drugs or have been drinking alcohol.
• Don’t be scared to say NO !
• Keep your phone charged and know relevant numbers.
• If it sounds too good to be true it probably is !
• Ask for help, it’s NEVER EVER your fault, so don’t be afraid to speak out.

If you are worried about a friend you could share this advice with them

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:55

If you, or anyone you know, think they are at risk of child sexual exploitation it is important that you tell a trusted adult such as a parent , school nurse or a teacher as soon as possible.
You can also talk to / contact
Your School Nurse
Chat Health –texting Service
Useful websites are:
Kayleigh Love story

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 13 Nov 16:58

I hope you found the information from today's chat useful. Remember if you are worried about something then please talk to someone you can trust.

This chat is now closed!

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Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens: Relationships section or:

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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