Child Sexual Exploitation Information for Parents & Carers

Information for Parents and Carers

A common technique employed by the perpetrator is to cause difficulties between the parent and child as they want to reduce the child’s support network, which increases their vulnerability. Another factor may be that the abusive relationship causes challenging behaviour linked to trauma which may be confusing or difficult if the abuse has not been identified.

In the vast majority of cases exploitation is about controlling a person. This can be achieved in a variety of methods and the child’s coerced compliance may be an attempt to protect their family, or through fear or shame. A perpetrator may often groom the parent and carer to gain access to the child and by building a relationship with the parent/carer they are in a better position to discredit anything the child may tell you or will gain further access to the child.

Information and support for parents is available via a number of different helplines, including:

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Missing People: 116 000

Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900

PACE: 0113 240 226

Milton Keynes Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 01908 253169/70

Safeguarding agencies in Milton Keynes are actively seeking opportunities to protect children from exploitation and disrupt the perpetrator’s actions in targeting and abusing children.

Your help is needed in assisting specialist services in tackling this form of abuse; if you have any information on the following either contact Thames Valley Police (101) or anonymously through Crime stoppers (0800 555 111).

  • Children being forced or paid to carry drugs.
  • Children/Young Person carrying weapons (knifes, Acid, clubs etc)
  • Different unconnected people going in an out of vulnerable persons home.
  • Empty or abandoned property being used.
  • Someone not connected to the child giving them mobile phone, clothes or money.
  • Child being asked to hold or bank money in their account
  • A car or people who appear to be targeting or regularly being in areas where children congregate.
  • Seeing children working when they are underage, working late or during school hours
  • Going missing and being found in different areas of the country.
  • Or any other criminal, abusive activity you suspect may be or have occurred.


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