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Report it to CEOP

Has someone made you feel weird or uncomfortable online?

It could be sexual chat, being asked to do something on webcam or someone asking to meet up.

If this has happened to you or someone you know then CEOP can help and protect you.

Report it here.

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Ask Ed

I've posted something online which I wish I hadn't - what should I do?

It’s very easy for people to post online now from their computer or mobile phone, but sometimes we post things that we wished we hadn’t. On most sites you can delete the post, but if someone has seen it, saved it and re-posted it you will not be able to delete this by yourself.

If the content is offensive or inappropriate and breaks the rules of the site, such as Facebook or YouTube, they may be able to take this down. On YouTube, once you have an account set up, you can ‘flag content as inappropriate’, by selecting this option which is found under the video itself.

Some people without good intentions can try to persuade you to post inappropriate or sexual content online either via your digital camera, phone or on webcam. If you feel uncomfortable about anything that anyone asks you to do online, in a chat area, IM, social networking site or elsewhere – block them and then report it. – ‘CEOP report’ You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to – even if you have done it before; so be strong with these people and say no if your instincts tell you it’s not right. Watch our film ‘Consequences’ here

I'm being pressuried to go things I don't want to?

Say no. If someone loves you and cares about you they shouldn’t make you feel uncomfortable or make you do things you don’t want to.
Remember the law is on your side. It’s against the law to have sex with someone who is under the age of 16 and is a criminal offence to force some to have sex at any age.

Where can I go to get help?

ChildLine on 0800 1111 or write to them at Freepost 1111, London, N1 0BR.  It’s free and available 24/7.

NSPCC website – 24-hour helpline 0808 800 500

NSPCC Asian Language Child Protection Helpline – Open 11am to 7pm, Monday to Friday
Bengali – 0800 096 7714
Gujarati – 0800 096 7715
Hindi – 0800 096 7716
Punjabi – 0800 096 7717
Urdu – 0800 096 7718
English-speaking Asian adviser – 0800 096 7719

There4me website
A site especially for young people you can get confidential online advice on loads of issues.

Victim Support – 0845 30 30 900

Will I get into trouble?

No. It’s not your fault and there are lots of people out there who want to help you. If someone is taking advantage of you they are in the wrong and they are the ones who will get into trouble. Tell someone you trust and get help.

Once you’ve told someone you are being abused – action is taken.  It might be that a social worker comes round to talk to you and your parents to get the facts and see if you are in any danger.  In some cases things are sorted out when the social worker comes but in other cases the social worker might decide that they need to take it one step further and have a ‘child protection conference’.

The conference is just a meeting with people you know like your doctor, your teacher and maybe a police officer too.  They might invite you and your family too and at the meeting everyone decides what to do next.

If its decided in the meeting that you might be in danger you might go and stay with a foster family for a little while or stay with a relative (maybe your aunt or uncle).  Someone you feel safe with.  If your abuser is living in the same house as you then they might be forced to leave so that you can stay at home.

If the police get involved they might interview you.  They use this to gather evidence and this helps with their investigation.  They might then take the person who abused you to court and the court may decide to send them to prison.  The Children Act 1989 (England and Wales) is a law that protects children and brings child abusers to justice.

It might seem like a scary process but if you want the abuse to stop you must tell someone.    Remember it’s not you who’s in the wrong it’s them.

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