CSE - information for parents
What can I do as a parent or carer to help stop children and young people from being sexually exploited?
As a parent or carer, it is important to discuss with children the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships to help highlight potential risks to them.
There are also a number of practical steps you can take to protect children such as:
- Staying alert to changes in behaviour or any physical signs of abuse such as bruising
- Being aware of new, unexplained gifts or possessions and carefully monitoring any episodes of staying out late or not returning home
- Being aware of more secretive behaviour, especially around a child's use of a mobile and on-line technology
- Exercising caution around older friends your child may have, or relationships with other young people where there appears to be a power imbalance
- Making sure you understand the risks associated with your child being online and putting measures in place to minimise these risks.
For further information, please see the leaflet Child sexual exploitation leaflet [3Mb] and visit It's Not Okay.
A free online course can also be downloaded from Virtual college - Keep them safe.