Indicators or ‘signs’ help friends and family spot that they might be in danger. Exploitation, sexual or criminal, is difficult to detect as many signs can just be regular behaviour, and will often be far subtler than the scenes below.
Speak to a trusted adult if you are worried someone and have noticed a change in behaviour relating to signs of sexual or criminal exploitation.
A trusted adult could be a parent, grandparent, carer, teacher, youth, health or social worker. It is any adult you are comfortable discussing these issues with and trust to help you.
Ripped Photo of Old Friends
Running Away/Going Missing
Alcohol and Cigarettes,
More New Clothes
‘F’ Graded Homework/School Warning Letter
Sexual Health Leaflet
Strange Messages (Computer)
Packed Overnight Bag
Brand New Trainers
Brand New Clothes
New Video Games/DLC’s/Skins
‘F’ Graded Homework
Maisie has gone missing, you may have spotted the signs in her bedroom (above) but what’s been happening online, have a look through her Facebook and see if you can spot any of the signs.
Barnardo’s ‘Real Love Rocks‘ programme includes some ‘Keep Safe’ tips. They have kindly let us recreate them here:
Phoebe’s 14 years old and she’s gone missing, but she’s left her phone behind – what signs can you spot that something might be wrong? Suitable for age 14+
We have put together a couple of quizzes to help you assess the situation you or your friends might be in. If you get results that indicate something is not as it should be it is best to follow advice and speak to someone. If the quiz results say everything is ok but it doesn’t quite feel right, your gut is telling you something is off then find out who is best to speak to and ask them for advice.
How you can protect yourself and your friends from exploitation: