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Think you or a friend might have been sexually exploited? Want some advice or someone to talk to? Worried about your child or a young person in your care?


Report child sexual exploitation to us by calling 101 and in an emergency, always dial 999.

We’ve launched a new hotline for anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation and concerns about young people being exploited.
The hotline number is 01245 452058. It is open Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm and you can leave a voicemail outside of these hours. You can speak to us directly about your concerns and we’ll be on hand to offer advice and take reports that help us investigate crimes.

If you or a young person you care about is in immediate danger, dial 999.

It’s okay to speak to someone. Exploitation is never your fault, even if you went along with things at first. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate young people.

CrimestoppersTell Crimestoppers. You can report child sexual exploitation to Crimestoppers. It is totally anonymous. Call 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website.

The National Crime Agency's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. For advice, help or to make a report visit the CEOP safety centre.

Professionals - what to do if you're concerned

Agencies should provide information and intelligence on CSE to Essex Police by telephone on 101 or if it is an emergency always call 999.

Other support and advice

Safeguarding Children Boards

Essex SCBEssex Safeguarding Children Board - The Essex Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory body which acts as a mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations in Essex co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

Southend LSCBSouthend-on-Sea Local Safeguarding Children Board's (LSCB) - The Southend-on-Sea Local Safeguarding Children Board's (LSCB) main role is to improve the lives of children and young people in Southend by working with the Local Authority, Health, Police, National Probation Service and local rehabilitation company, the voluntary sector and other partners on safeguarding children. We work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people within the local area.

Thurrock LSCBThurrock LSCB - Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Board role is to ensure that local agencies provide the best possible services for safeguarding children and the young people of Thurrock. We are a body of local multi agency representatives, that oversee the implementation of safeguarding systems processes and services for children and young people.

EYPDAS - Essex Young People's Drug & Alcohol Service. EYPDAS works with you to keep you safe and get things sorted. Call: 08444 991 323 or Text CHOICES to 80800

MindEd - Aims to give adults working with, or caring for young people knowledge and support to identify a child at risk of a mental health condition.

Runaway Helpline - If you've run away, been forced to leave home, are thinking about it or are worried about someone, Runaway Helpline will listen and offer support. You can text even if you have no credit left.

Missing People - email [email protected] or Write to: Freepost Missing People - you don't need a stamp.

NHS Choices - Access videos and advice on child safety, talking to teens about sex, spotting violence in relationships.

Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAT) (Southend only) - Treatment provision for under 21's, who live in Southend. YPDAT also has a parents/carers group. Telephone: 01702 534300 or email [email protected]

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) - Refer children and young people living in Southend, Essex or Thurrock. Call 0300 300 1600 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). Call NELFT: 0300 555 1201 (Out of hours/Weekend Crisis Support)

STOP THE TRAFFIK - We campaign for a traffik-free world! Use the smartphone app to report what you see or know.

The Salvation Army - If you are in need of assistance, are a nominated first responder, or simply a concerned individual, who  suspects someone may be a victim of modern slavery. 24-hour confidential Referral Helpline 0300 3038151

Parents Protect - Practical information to help  parents and carers keep youngsters safe from harm.

Virtual Global Taskforce - A partnership of organisations joining up to help protect children from online child abuse and other forms of transnational child sexual exploitation.

The Children’s Society - Confidential advice for children and young people who are either at risk of, or actually experiencing sexual exploitation.
The CARE Team has a dedicated Boys and Young Men CSE worker offering support and training.

Barnardos - information and resources

Chelsea's Choice - awareness raising and powerful video production

My New Friend - The Grooming and Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Young Men

NSPCC Childline - NSPCC Childline number: 0800 1111

NSPCC - More information and resources and NSPCC advice line for adults worried about children 0808 800 5000

NWG website - Resources on a range of issues, many can be accessed for free without becoming a member. Their latest campaign materials can be found here.

PACE - The Parents Against Child Exploitation website offers telephone support, online resources, advice, guidance and advocacy support as well as a long term befriending service.  Parents and carers can register for this free online course here.

Parents Protect is an information and resources website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. There's also a guide for parents of children who have got into trouble online.

Say Something - service for young people to report sexual exploitation  - The national campaign has been developed with young people and aims to safeguard vulnerable children and young people by empowering them to identify early indicators of child sexual exploitation (CSE). All Say Something briefings and posters are available to download here.

The BLAST Project is the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation service supporting and working solely with boys and young men who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Victims gateway

Virtual Global Taskforce - videos to use with young people to help them understand issues such as sexting and online grooming.

CARE Project

The Children’s Society (TCS) East have 12 CSE projects running across the country. The project workers, each working with up to 30 young people over the course of a year.  In addition the project works with the Engagement team from Essex County Council to deliver 6 groups across the County each year. This is the referral form for the service, this will also be found at alongside the other services TCS East offer. Please complete the referral form with as much information as you can.  Where possible please attach a CSE risk assessment form.

Child exploitation and Online protection centre

The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.

Centre for action on rape and abuse

CARA is a confidential and non-judgemental support service for women, children and young people, living in North or Mid-Essex who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or assault either recently or in the past, either directly or indirectly.  This could have involved a friend, family member or stranger. Enquiries: 01206 769795 - Leave a message on our confidential 24 hour answerphone.

South Essex rape and incest crisis centre

SERICC provides free and specialist services in South East Essex including Thurrock, Basildon and Brentwood. A confidential and independent service for women and girls over 12 years who have or who are experiencing any form of sexual violence. You can also phone if you are worried about your child, someone else in your family, or someone you know.  Provide telephone counselling and 'one to one' counselling, emotional support and practical information.   If you are worried, need support or information please call  01375 380609.

Southend on Sea rape crisis

SOSRC provides specialist services covering the Southend, Castlepoint and Rochford areas for male and female survivors, of all ages, of sexual violence or abuse. For help and information call 01702 303232

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