Anyone with concerns about child protection can contact the police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
Information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
There are also a number of internet-based support options for advice and guidance around keeping children safe. Below are a few of these:
- Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)
PACE have a comprehensive website containing information and advice about CSE. The site is aimed specifically at parents but also contains some information for professionals.
The Barnardo’s website contains a lot of information and research on CSE: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/sexual_exploitation.htm
They have produced a leaflet entitled ‘Sexual Exploitation: Sex, Secrets and Lies’ that provides information for children and young people regarding what CSE is and also contains some guidance for family members on what to look out for: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/_sex__secrets_and_lies__brochure_-_english_version.pdf
- CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify online and offline threats to children and young people.
CEOP also offers advice for parents and carers: http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/Parents
- Think you know
This website provides information and guidance for children, young people, parents/carers and professionals regarding some of the activities they may be undertaking online, as well as new technologies.
There is an area of their site specifically for parents: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
- Suffolk’s Children Services Tel: 0808 800 4005.
- NWG Network: Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Tel: 116000
The 116000 24 hour helpline has been created as part of a wider 'Say Something' campaign aimed at educating young people about child sexual exploitation and helping them to identify if it is happening earlier. The helpline is run by the charity Missing People, in association with the National Working Group Network, and is funded by the Department of Education. Callers will be offered advice and, where appropriate, access to the police to ensure protection and safeguarding.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
CEOP is the UK’s national police agency for dealing with child protection, particularly tackling offenders who use online technology to abuse children. If you are worried about someone’s behaviour towards a child online you can report this to CEOP.
- Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) operates the UK internet Hotline for reporting criminal online content, specifically child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world, criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK, incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK and non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.
In partnership with police, government, the internet industry, and international partners, the IWF works to remove criminal content online and helps to make the internet a safer place for everyone.
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