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Derbyshire Constabulary has a dedicated Child Exploitation Investigation Unit.
This team handles all issues of potential child sexual exploitation with sensitivity, professionalism and thoroughness, and are available to contact at any time via the force’s main non-emergency 101 number.
Between 9 - 5 Monday to Friday you can also call a dedicated social care phoneline run by Children First Derby on 01332 641133 to report any concerns, or outside those hours Careline can be contacted on 01332 711250.
What is child sexual exploitation?
The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 is where a young person will receive something in return for, or be pressured into performing, sexual activities.
This might be through an older person offering drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gifts, money, food, mobile phones, or by providing accommodation – all for free - in order to gain trust and affection from the exploited young person, who may not even realise that this is happening.
It could also be taking place online, with the young person being encouraged to share sexual photos through chat applications or perform other acts live on their webcams. This could be through a computer, a smartphone or on a tablet. Once shared, the other person may threaten to share their naked pictures with friends and family unless they perform further acts.
If you’re concerned that this might be happening to you or your child, choose the section that most suits your situation below:
For children or young adultsFor parents or carers