Police and partner agencies across Surrey working together to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Surrey Police, Surrey County Council and Surrey Crimestoppers have launched a joint campaign to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and educate young people and the wider public on the warning signs.

CSE is a type of sexual abuse in which children or young people under 18 receive ‘something’ such as food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money, in return for sexual activity and it is a growing issue across the UK.

Detective Superintendent Chris Raymer of Surrey Police said:

“Child Sexual Exploitation is perpetrated against young boys and girls irrespective of background. . . . many young people who are being abused believe they are in a consensual relationship and do not recognise the true nature of their abusers . . . While there is no stereotypical victim of exploitation, there are common warning signs in children’s behaviour that may indicate that something is wrong.”

Signs to look out for:

  • Not attending school, regularly going missing, coming home late or staying out overnight with no explanation.
  • Change in appearance or overt sexualised dress.
  • Disengaging from family, friends and other support networks including key workers.
  • Becoming secretive.
  • Unexplained money or gifts, including mobile phones.
  • Being seen in different cars, perhaps with different older people.
  • Increased contact with health care.
  • Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour.
  • Having a much older boyfriend / girlfriend.
  • Changing peer groups.
  • Suffering from sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Multiple pregnancies, terminations.
  • Drug or alcohol misuse.
  • Offending behaviour.

If you suspect abuse, report it to:

Surrey Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency Surrey Children’s Services on 01483 518505

Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111