Surrey Police - Helping parents and carers recognise the warning signs of child exploitation
Secondary schools; please share this information with parents and carers
Secondary schools; please share this information and video with parents and carers.
One of the biggest issues in tackling child exploitation, is that in isolation the warning signs aren’t always obvious or feel concerning enough to act on, meaning that it can go on beneath the radar. It is essential therefore that the police work together with the community to identify any suspicious behaviour and ensure it is reported to build the bigger picture.
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Here are some of the specific warning signs for parents and carers, that a child may be being exploited.
- Becoming especially secretive
- Stopping engaging with usual friends
- Going missing from school or home or significant changes in emotional well-being
- Defensive about location and activities
- Receiving odd calls and messages
- Acquiring money or expensive gifts that can’t be accounted for
- Having multiple mobile phones, tablets or ‘SIM cards’
- Relationships with controlling or older individuals or associations with gangs
- Suspicion of self-harm, physical assault or unexplained injuries