What is Mentoring?
- Are you aged between 11-19?
- Living in Hertfordshire?
- Would you like to receive support, encouragement and guidance to help you do better at school or college? Or deal with bullying or anything else that might be on your mind?
Safety and Child Protection
Say Something if you See Something – would you recognise if a child or young person was being sexually exploited?
Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB), Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Probation Trust have joined forces with Hertfordshire Constabulary in Operation HALO to identify cases of child sexual exploitation in Hertfordshire and prosecute offenders.
Child sexual exploitation can affect young people from all social and ethnic backgrounds. Similarly, offenders come from many different backgrounds – but they all have one thing in common. They are abusing young people and are using their status or position to exploit vulnerable victims.
Child Sexual Exploitation involves:
Young people under the age of 18 who are encouraged/forced into a sexual relationship or situation by an adult. It often involves young people being offered something in return for performing sexual acts, for example:
Alcohol, Cigarettes, Mobile Phones, Gifts, Money, Drugs, Love
Where does it happen?
Young people can be groomed and sexually exploited at a variety of premises and locations such as:
- Shopping centres
- Taxi ranks
- Leisure centres
We want to encourage all staff to consider the signs to look out for and say something if you see something that concerns you to make sure that children and young people are protected from harm.
Signs that a child may be being sexually exploited include:
• truancy from school or missing from home on a regular basis
• friends, or relationships with significantly older people
• gang association or member of a gang
• self harming
• eating disorders
• unexplained gifts or money
• secretive mobile phone use
Anyone with concerns should call Herts Police on 101, quoting ‘Operation Halo’
For more information and copies of information leaflets please click here < http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/healthsoc/childfam/childprotection/hertssafboard/childexplo/>