Safeguarding Warning Signs


Child Sexual Exploitation Warning Signs

  • Change in behaviour & Friendship Groups
  • Links to unknown adults
  • Visiting “hot spots”
  • Mood changes, physical appearance changes
  • Mobile phones, sim cards, snapped sim cards
  • Seen in different cars
  • Increased internet activity
  • Change in language
  • Unaccounted monies or possessions
  • Night time economy
  • Truanting/absences from school/missing from education/links with others known to be involved in CSE
  • Large amounts of condoms
  • Frequent attendance at GeMed.

Child Abuse Warning Signs

What you might notice

  • Bruises, bites, cuts and scratches
  • The child is in pain or discomfort
  • Change in eating habits – always hungry/refusing to eat / stealing food
  • Irrational fears of certain people or situations
  • Sexualised behaviour inconsistent with age
  • Play, artwork or writing which arouses concern
  • Self-harming or risky behaviour
  • Bullying or being bullied
  • Unexplained changes in behaviour – becoming aggressive, devious, secretive, withdrawn, lethargic
  • Anxious behaviour – stammering, rocking, twisting the hair etc
  • The behaviour of an adult that raises concern