Know and See the Signs

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When is a friend....not a friend? Know and see the signs

You can often hear about the horrible things people can do to each other on the internet, TV or perhaps even closer to home, discussed in school or college. Some of the awful things that happen to young people happen because people use control and abuse trust in friendship and relationships both on-line or in person.

Making new friends and meeting a whole range of different people is something we all like to do and most people we meet will be genuine but sometimes you can meet people who might try and take advantage of you.

Recognising if you are being exploited in your friendship or relationship is hard but if you know and can see the signs you can do something about it.

1. Possessions - they give you money, drugs, alcohol or gifts and expect something in return.

2. Flattery - They give you attention to make you feel special but they also ask you to do things which aren't right.

3. Violence - They promise you the world but threaten you or use violence if you don't do what they want.

4. Isolation - They tell you no-one understands you like they do and take you away from your friends and family.

5. Pressure - They put pressure on you to have sex with them or someone they know.

6. Invasion - They take pictures or film you and threaten to post them on the internet. They make you look at images that make you feel uncomfortable.

Need someone to talk to someone in confidence?

Contact ChildLine for anonymous help, advice and support 24/7

Phone 0800 1111.

Just need someone to talk to?

Child sexual exploitation is child abuse. If you suspect that a young person is a victim or is at risk of child sexual exploitation you must get professional help.

Need someone to talk to someone in confidence?

Call the National anonymous CSE helpline on 116 000

Contact ChildLine for anonymous help, advice and support 24/7Phone 0800 1111.

Catch22 works with young people under 18-years-old who are missing from home or care or who are experiencing or at risk of child sexual exploitation. Catch22's dedicated helpline 0808 168 9698

Barnado's on 0121 3595333

NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000

Who to contact

Know and See website
Parent organisation
Childline - National Information

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Local/National Service?