See me, hear me!

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a hidden crime that can affect any child, any time regardless of their gender, home life, religion or ethnic background.

It is child abuse and can involve perpetrators grooming their victims in various ways, such as in person, via mobiles or online, to gain their trust before emotionally and sexually abusing them.

It can take place in many forms, whether through a seemingly consensual relationship, or a young person being forced to have sex in return for some kind of payment, such as drugs, money, gifts or even protection and affection.

Warning signs can include having friends who are older, persistently going missing, secretive relationships with unknown adults, truancy from school, chronic fatigue, constant calls on a mobile phone and the possession of money or new things.

For more information visit the See me, hear me website.

Deputy Headteacher | + posts

Mr S Burns is the Deputy Headteacher at St Thomas More Catholic School.