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Exploitation and Grooming

Exploitation in young people is a real and serious issue. Young people can be groomed or exploited in many ways such as through online platforms, gangs and at public places where they spend time with their friends. Unfortunately, at times, people in positions of trust can also exploit or groom teenagers.

It is important that you are aware of the signs of child exploitation and grooming and what to do if you suspect something is wrong.  

Exploitation and grooming could be happening without a young person recognising it; therefore it can be difficult for them to come to you and let you know what is going on.

There may not be visual physical signs of abuse. However, there may be signs in a young person’s emotional and behavioural actions.

Young people that are experiencing exploitation and grooming may seem willing to partake. A common theme throughout all forms of exploitation is the power and control a perpetrator has over the young person.  

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Leicestershire police - kayleigh's love story

Use the links below to find trusted support on this topic.  Additionally, encourage your child to use the Health Topic pages for their relevant age group here on Teen Health.  They can find information and resources to help them.

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Leicestershire Police

Further information on Kayleigh's Love Story

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Leicestershire Police - Breck's Last Game

A film to raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming among boys.

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Barnardos

Child sexual abuse and exploitation

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NSPCC

Child sexual exploitation

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NWG

Help for parents and carers

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internetmatters.org

Resources and links to organisations to support parents and carers

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CEOP

Help your children get the most out of the Internet

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Tellmi

Tellmi is a safe, anonymous app for young people where they can talk about absolutely anything

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Teen Health

Use the link on this page to contact Teen Health 

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Family Hubs Leicestershire

Family Hubs support families, children and young people across Leicestershire

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