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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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  • Responding to issues
    What is sexual abuse?

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

  • Responding to issues
    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.

  • Responding to issues
    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.

  • Responding to issues
    Reporting to social media sites

    The simplest way to have information about your child removed from a website or app, is to contact the site itself. Find out how to report to popular websites and apps.

  • Responding to issues
    Has your child used online dating services?

    Meeting and chatting to others online is normal for the majority of teenagers, but using online dating services may put them at risk.

  • Advice
    Having a conversation with your child

    Starting a conversation with your child about a sensitive issue or something you don’t usually talk about isn’t always easy, especially if this means you will be talking about things they prefer to keep private, but there are ways to make having these conversations with your child easier.