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Welcome to the Wandsworth Family Information Service Child Sexual Exploitation section.

Are you worried about your son or daughter or a young person you know because they:

  • Go missing from school
  • Have an older boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Are meeting strangers who got in touch with them via the internet
  • Are mixing with older adults
  • Are losing touch with friends of their own age
  • Are drinking alcohol
  • Are using drugs

....he or she might be at risk of sexual exploitation

The sexual exploitation of children and young people is sexual abuse and is therefore a crime.

This can include:

  • Rape
  • Unwanted sexual contact
  • Being forced to have sex with other people
  • Being forced to take part in pornography

Sometimes young people can be drawn into sexual relationships

  • At first they seem nice and affectionate and can make you feel special.
  • They might buy you presents like clothes or a mobile phone.
  • Sometimes they will take them to places where there are other adults, offer them cigarettes, alcohol or drugs.
  • They might ask them for sexual favours for themselves or for other people.
  • Sometimes they stop being nice and may become threatening or violent.
  • Sexual exploitation is not just an issue for girls and young women but it is also a reality for some boys and young men.

Online sexual exploitation

The internet can pose a serious risk to children, especially through social networks and chat rooms, such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Chat-Avenue, TikTok, YouTube, and others.

Children may find themselves in situations where they:

  • Talk to someone who may not be who they say they are
  • Put sensitive information online without realising that it can be open to anybody
  • Are groomed and tricked into a friendship or relationship
  • Are convinced by someone they ‘trust’ to share sexual images of themselves but later these images used as ‘revenge porn’ (any sexual image or video taken or shared of a person under the age of 18 is illegal, even if the perpetrator is under the age of 18)

How to protect a child and where to go for help

If a child is in immediate danger call 999 immediately, or contact 101 for Police non-emergencies.

Also make a referral to Children’s Services: 020 8871 6622 (or 020 8871 6000 after hours) or e-mail

FACE (Fighting Against Child Exploitation)
This website works in partnership with the NWG Network Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation to provide a 24/7 free anonymous helpline: 116 000 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or visit their website:

NSPCC Child Sexual Exploitation helpline
You can also contact the NSPCC for further advice or information: 0808 800 5000 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or visit their website:

The Havens 
The Havens are specialist centres for young people who have been raped or sexually assaulted and have three centres in London: in Paddington, Camberwell and Whitechapel Rape and sexual abuse Free national helpline 0808 803 9999

Crime stoppers 
Report Crime Completely Anonymously Through the Charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

To protect your child from sexual exploitation, consider:

  • Talking to your child about the dangers of the internet.  Visit Get Safe Online and CEOP for more information
  • Encouraging your child to share information with you about who they speak to and who their friends are
  • Installing a parental filter on your home router. Speak to your internet service provider for more information
  • Monitoring your child’s online activity (including mobile phone activity)
  • Talking to your child about relationships
  • Helping them to keep safe.
  • Having rules and sticking to them.
  • Talking openly about relationships and sex.
  • Keeping up to date with how people are using social networking sites, the internet, mobile phones.
  • Be there for them and listen, even if what they say is difficult