Anonymous helpline set up to support victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE)

Posted on 3rd July 2015

SaySomethingLogoA 24-hour helpline has been created as part of the 'Say Something' campaign which is aimed at educating young people about CSE and to encourage more sufferers to report their experiences and seek help.

The helpline, 116 000, 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. The number will be accessible 24/7 and is free to call.

Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child abuse in which victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act, often in return for attention, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or accommodation.

Missing People will deliver the helpline and also a reporting service which will see information passed to police forces and relevant agencies to allow them to respond accordingly.

As well as being aimed at young people who have concerns for their own safety, the helpline is also for those who may have concerns about the safety of one of their friends or family members.

By raising awareness and educating more people about the signs of CSE, it is hoped many more offenders can be caught and future crimes prevented.

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