What are the signs?
Being able to spot the signs of exploitation can be key to helping to keep a child safe. Even something that seems like normal teenage behaviour could be a sign.
Parents are often the first to notice that their child is being exploited. It is so important to act quickly and intervene early if you suspect your child is being exploited.
Watch and listen to the below video from Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE), who talk about their experiences and changes they noticed in their child:
The video below produced by Leicestershire Police, highlights the importance of listening to a child an noticing signs of change in their behaviour. Are you listening?
Who can help?
West Yorkshire Police has specially trained officers in Wakefield who can help. Call 101 in a non-emergency. Call 999 in an emergency, where a crime is in progress or there is a danger to life.
If you would rather not speak to the Police there are other people who can offer help and advice:
- Talk to a teacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead at your child’s school
- You can speak to your GP
- Contact Wakefield Children and Young People’s Services, visit our Worried About a Child page for further information on how to do so
There are also specific organisations who specialise in this area and can help: