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Sexual abuse & sexual exploitation

Sexual abuse & sexual exploitation can feel like a complex topic. Information and advice is available to make it simpler, find out a how your child could be effected and what you can do to safeguard them.

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    Online grooming: how does it work?

    Some people try to use social media, live streaming platforms and apps to groom children and young people. It's important you understand how this works so you can protect them.

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    Online sexual abuse: webcam and images

    An increasing number of children are being sexually abused over webcam or live streaming platforms. This can be just as harmful as 'contact' sexual abuse. Ensure your children know they can get help at any time and find out what you can do to support them.

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    What is sexual abuse?

    Sexual abuse can happen to girls and boys and is never a child's fault.

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    Spotting the signs of sexual abuse

    A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn't have to be physical contact, and it can happen online. Sometimes the child won't understand that what's happening to them is abuse.

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    Why do people sexually abuse children?

    Understanding why people abuse can help us work out the best ways to protect children. Dr Elly Hanson, clinical psychologist and advisor to CEOP, outlines some of the factors involved.