Essex Police has launched a hotline for anyone with concerns regarding child sexual exploitation.
The line will be manned during the day Monday to Friday – and voicemails can be left at other times.
The force says keeping young people safe is a priority – and the launch will help investigations.
The hotline number is 01245 452058. It is open Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm. In an emergency always call 999.
How do you know if a child is the victim of exploitation?
Going missing or coming home late regularly?
Regularly missing school for no good reason?
Carrying money or goods that you don’t know about with no explanation?
Wearing new expensive-looking clothes or carrying a new phone that you don’t know about?
Hanging out with new people, especially older people?
Being secretive about using their phone or the internet or making/receiving lots of calls or texts?
Changed their mood, become withdrawn or become aggressive with people around them?
Harmed themselves or are in distress?
Appeared hurt or injured with no explanation?
Be involved in inappropriate sexualised behaviour for their age?
Anyone with a responsibility for young people may see signs like the ones above on a regular basis, and just because you notice something it doesn’t mean your child or someone you know is in immediate danger. But it you are concerned then we would rather you voiced your concerns to us.
For more information about CSE, please visit: www.essex.police.uk/CSE