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Young people and exploitation

SSCT produced Click&Play for Child Sexual Exploitation
Aimed at KS3, 4 and 5 This session will help students understand the signs of being sexually exploited and what effects it can have on their physical and mental wellbeing. The presentation concludes with advice on how to help young people identify if their friends are being targeted. Click on the photo above to launch the presentation.

External resources for young people and exploitation

Listen to your selfie (Childline)

Aimed at KS4

Childline has teamed up with OMD UK and Don’t Panic to launch the #ListenToYourSelfie campaign to highlight the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do if it is being experienced.


Kayleigh’s Love Story (Leicestershire Police)

Aimed at KS4

With the support of Kayleigh’s family, Leicestershire Police made a film showing parts of the last 14 days of her life. Kayleigh’s Love Story is a warning to young people, both girls and boys, about online grooming and the dangers of speaking to strangers or ‘friends’ you only know online. The film highlights how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them even knowing it is happening. Its purpose is to protect children and stop another family losing a child in this way.


Picture This (Childnet)

Aimed at KS3/KS4

A practical educational sexting resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically with 11-16 year olds. By asking young people to step into the shoes of the characters within Picture This, they explore the law, impact and consequence of sexting and are encouraged to contemplate their online behaviour. The pack comprises of a 25-minute play script and lesson plans that seek to educate and enlighten young people about the consequences of creating and sending indecent images. Young people can decide their own ending for this play, formed from all that they have learned throughout the lessons. 


Stay safe, don’t send (The Children’s Society)

Aimed at KS3/4

Stay Safe; Don’t Send has been produced by a group of young people from Gypsy and Traveller communities for their peers. They felt that there was a lack of specific tools and resources relating to child sexual exploitation (CSE) and online safety which were authentic to Gypsy and Traveller lifestyles. So, supported by The Children’s Society, they were keen to create their own innovative resource.


Exploitation (Thinkuknow)

Aimed at KS3, KS4

Become a CEOP Ambassador and have access to resources including the resource park Exploited. Exploited is an 18-minute film which educates young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship, and gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.


County Lines (Fearless)

Aimed at KS3, KS4

This is an educational resource for professionals working with young people throughout the UK. THE resource explores the threat, risk and harm of County Lines involvement.


Online Blackmail (Thinkuknow)

Aimed at KS4

Online blackmail is a new education resource which aims to help young people identify key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, understand the impact it can have, and how they access help if they experience it. The term ‘online blackmail’ is used to refer to the act of threatening to share information about an individual (including sexual images or videos) to the public, or their friends and family, unless a demand is met. Anyone can be targeted by online blackmailers, but as young people begin to become more financially independent, this can be a point of vulnerability which offenders seek to exploit.

The Children's society toolkit

Created by The Children's Society's Disrupting Exploitation Programme team in Greater Manchester with support from CLIMB and Prevention.  The toolkit is to help school staff develop an understanding of exploitation and how best to respond.