Young people are being exploited and are losing hope, but it’s not always obvious. Our #LookCloser campaign, developed in partnership with the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and British Transport Police, encourages everyone to learn the signs of child exploitation and how to report it if worried.
We’re joining @BTP, @PoliceChiefs and @childrensociety in asking the public to #LookCloser. Exploitation can happen anywhere, to any child, even in lockdown. Learn how to look beyond the obvious and spot the signs.
Everyone in society has a role to play in protecting children and young people from abuse and exploitation. If we learn to spot the signs, we can help keep them safe and stop this abuse from happening.
The campaign focuses on public spaces where exploitation may be most visible to the public – parks, supermarkets, transport, banks and online environments like gaming platforms and social media.
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If something doesn’t feel right, don’t wait, report it.
You can also report to the police online. Only report your concerns when it is safe for you to do so, even if this is after the event that your concerns initially arose. Do not attempt to intervene yourself.
If you are on a train, you can text the British Transport Police. Information on routes of travel, addresses, appearance, and behaviour of a child can all help to protect young people.
If you have information on child exploitation and abuse or suspect it may be happening but want to remain completely anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online or on the phone.
The NSPCC helpline is staffed by trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support if you’re concerned about a child.