What to do if you suspect a child is being sexually exploited

If you suspect a child is being sexually exploited, the NSPCC recommends that you do not confront the abuser yourself because this may inadvertently put the child in danger or give the abuser time to threaten or confuse the child into silence.

The best course of action would be to seek professional advice. You can seek help from the police, or your local authority’s safeguarding team, or an independent organisation such as the NSPCC.

If you are certain that a child is being sexually abuse, then it is best to go straight to the police.