Young People

  • Are you friends with older adults?  
  • Do you have an older boyfriend or girlfriend?  Do you sometimes do things you don’t want to, to keep them happy?
  • Do you often stay out late and even overnight sometimes?
  • Have you ever run away from home, or been reported as missing?
  • Do you miss days of school?
  • Does an adult outside your family give you money, clothes, jewellery, a mobile phone or other presents?
  • Do you take drugs or drink alcohol?
  • Are you losing touch with your family and friends?
  • Do you keep secrets about where you go and who you see?
  • Do you chat to people online you have never met?

If you can answer yes to some of these questions or they remind you of a friend, you or someone you know could be at risk of sexual exploitation by older people.  

What should I do?

If you are worried that something bad may be happening to you, or you are worried about a friend, tell someone you can trust.

If you can, talk to your parents, your carer or a close member of your family.  Or if you would prefer, tell a teacher or someone from your local community.  Sometimes it can be difficult to talk about things you might be scared or ashamed of – but don’t be afraid.  It is always better to ask for help if you are unhappy about the way you are being treated by an older person or you are worried about someone you know.

It is important to remember that our sole aim is to keep you and other young people safe; you will not get into any trouble for saying what is on your mind.  We are here to listen to you.

Who can I contact?

Say Something CSE helpline

Thames Valley Police support the national helpline to support children and young people with concerns about child sexual exploitation (CSE) involving themselves or others.

The helpline, called Say Something, is run by the charity Missing People in association with the National Working Group Network, and is funded by the Department of Education. Callers will be offered advice, and where appropriate, necessary or requested, access to the police to ensure protection and safeguarding.

The 24-hour phone and text helpline number is 116 000. It has been launched as part of a wider campaign called Say Something, aimed at giving children a channel to report concerns for their own safety, or the safety of someone they know.

The Say Something helpline number is 116 000.