My friend Lucy

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My mate Lucy isn’t at school with me anymore, things got so bad she had to move away. We’d been friends since primary school but then when we started high school she met a boy, and she wasn’t that interested in me anymore.

She hung out with the people who didn’t come to school very much and got into trouble when they did. I tried to stay friends with her, but it was hard.

I knew she was getting herself into trouble, but it was only a lot later when she came to say sorry and that she was leaving school that I realised how much trouble. It was dead scary, because you don’t think all that will happen to your friend with men wanting to sleep with her when she’s only 12, and buy her drugs.

Since then, we’ve had talks at school about how to stay safe and what to do if we think someone is in trouble. I’ve got a little sister and I’ve explained to her she needs to tell someone if she’s ever worried, like our parents or a teacher at school, because bad things can happen to our friends too, it’s not just on TV or in the newspapers.

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Talk to someone

If you are worried about a friend then please contact the police on 101.

Alternatively speak to a trusted adult or seek advice and support from:
CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
Childline – call the free helpline on 0800 1111
Crimestoppers – contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the website www.fearless.org

If you or a friend are in immediate danger or need urgent help then always call then police on 999.

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