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Safeguarding Children & Young People from Harm Outside of the Home

Children & Young People can experience harm and abuse within their families, as well as outside of their homes, within their communities, peer groups and online. This might include exploitation, serious violence and peer to peer abuse. These harms are child abuse. Children are never responsible for their own abuse. Partners in Lambeth are committed to continuously improve our responses to children & young people at risk out of the harm. Information, resources and links on this page will be updated regularly.  

How are young people harmed outside the home?

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What is Child Sexual Exploitation? 

When a child or young person is sexually exploited they're given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities. Children & young people may be tricked into believing they're in a loving and consensual relationship. This is called grooming. They may trust their abuser and not understand that they're being abused.

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Types of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

CSE can happen online and in person. An abuser might gain the child's trust and use violence, manipulation and threats to control them. Children and young people have reported that they thought their abuser cared about them. They may have shared sexually explicit images or been recorded engaging in sexual activity - only for the abuser to use this material to blackmail and control them. 


Spotting the Signs

Going missing from home or care. This might involve returning late or not returning overnight

Avoiding or missing school or college

Unexplained new possessions, money, or access to drugs, alcohol or even fast food

New bank accounts, a frozen bank account or unexplained deposits

Multiple phones, constant calls or messages that the young person is anxious to miss

Sudden change in mood, behaviour, friendship groups & activities

Repeated sexually transmitted infections 

Having marks or injuries on their bodies which they try to conceal. These might be physical signs of abuse, like bruises or bleeding in their genital or anal area

Becoming withdrawn, worried & anxious

Uncharacteristic outbursts of anger