Could you spot the signs?

The child sexual exploitation awareness raising campaign 'Could you spot the signs?', which is being led by the two Local Safeguarding Children Boards for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, aims to draw attention to the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do if you have concerns.

It targets a number of different audiences including children and young people, parents, businesses and practitioners. Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse. Victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act, either as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, gifts, money, alcohol, drugs or somewhere to stay.

Signs of sexual exploitation range from changes in mood, physical appearance and eating, to appearing with unexplained gifts, secretive mobile phone use and regularly missing school.

You may be unsure about whether you're right to be worried, but it is important that you don't keep any concerns to yourself.