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» 13 risk factors that may indicate a young person is being sexually exploited and at risk of grooming

The Office of Children's Commissioner has published a report into sexual abuse of children and young people by gangs and groups. It found that over 2,400 people were victims in the 14 months to October 2011, with 16,500 children at "high risk of sexual exploitation" in 2010-11. This is the equivalent of twenty medium-sized secondary schools. The report also lists 13 risk factors that may indicate a young person is being sexually exploited and at risk of grooming. These are:

  • going missing;
  • physical injuries or self-harm;
  • drug or alcohol misuse;
  • petty crime;
  • sexually transmitted diseases;
  • missing school;
  • changing appearance;
  • gifts from unkown sources;
  • poor mental health;
  • suicidal;
  • estranged from family;
  • sexually bullied online; and
  • Recruiting others for abuse.

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