‘Say Something’: New service for young people to report sexual exploitation

A new national service, which seeks to raise awareness amongst young people of the risks and dangers of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and provide advice on how to keep safe and where to seek support was launched on 1st July 2015. The new service provides young people with a means of reporting CSE through a free, 24/7, anonymous helpline provided by “Missing People”.

This service does not replace existing local services or existing helplines or service provisions.

The charity “Missing People” is working in partnership with the “NWG Network Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation” to provide an awareness campaign and national Freephone reporting service, funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The service offers a complimentary and unique additional service, through an anonymous reporting mechanism for young people alongside balancing support and safeguarding them. The helpline also looks to signpost and/or refer young people to relevant local services.

“Missing People” will send disclosed information about child sexual exploitation to relevant statutory agencies and will expect an appropriate local safeguarding response. The charity will also help the person reporting to be safe, and access support where needed.

Parents can share the Say Something helpline with other parents and young people who aren’t able to be fully open up about what is happening, so the young people can report their worries anonymously.

“Missing People” also operates the “Runaway Helpline” and has 20 years’ experience supporting missing and exploited young people and their families.