Child sexual abuse

Children who are at risk of sexual abuse

You may be aware of a child who is at risk of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. Child sex abusers can come from any background, can be an adult or another child and are usually known to the child. There may be signs of abuse, for example, changed behaviour, or your instinct may tell you something is wrong.

If you think a child you know may be at risk of sexual abuse it is important that you contact us. Please call 0161 603 4500 or email worriedaboutachild@salford.gov.uk. You should not try to confront an alleged abuser. Don't worry about being mistaken.

Children or young people who sexually abuse others

'Sexually harmful behaviour' is the term used to describe children or young people who sexually abuse other children, young people or adults. The sexual abuse perpetrated by children can be just as harmful as that perpetrated by an adult, so it is important to remember the impact on the victim of the abuse as well as to focus on the treatment of the child or young person exhibiting the sexually harmful behaviour. Research suggests that between 25 - 33% of all sexual abuse is perpetrated by young people between the ages of 10 - 19 years old.

If you think a child you know may be abusing others it is important that you contact us. Please call 0161 603 4500 or email worriedaboutachild@salford.gov.uk. You should not try to confront an alleged abuser. Don't worry about being mistaken.

For more information, read the policy on safeguarding children who exhibit sexually harmful behaviour. (DOWNLOADABLE DOC)

Sexual exploitation

Some children and young people are the victims of sexual abuse, through their exploitation in child prostitution. Prostitution exposes children to abuse and assault and may even threaten their lives. Children do not voluntarily enter prostitution, they are coerced or enticed. Children and young people under the age of 16 cannot, by law, consent to sexual activity. Whilst they may legally give consent to sex over the age of 16, they may still be vulnerable.

If you think a child you know may be at risk of sexual exploitation it is important that you contact us. Please call 0161 603 4500 or email worriedaboutachild@salford.gov.uk. You should not try to confront an alleged abuser. Don't worry about being mistaken.

For more information, read the policy on sexual exploitation. (DOWNLOADABLE DOC)

Organised abuse

Complex (organised or multiple) abuse involves one or more abusers and a number of related or non-related abused children. The abusers concerned may be acting together to abuse children, sometimes acting in isolation, or may be using an institutional framework or position of authority to recruit children for abuse. Such abuse occurs both as part of a network of abuse across a family or community and within institutions such as schools, residential settings, in day care, youth services, sports clubs and voluntary groups. There will also be cases of children being abused via the use of the internet.

If you think a child or children you know may be at risk of organised abuse it is important that you contact us. Please call 0161 603 4500 or email worriedaboutachild@salford.gov.uk. You should not try to confront an alleged abuser. Don't worry about being mistaken.

For more information, read the policy on organised and complex abuse. (DOWNLOADABLE DOC)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM is a collective term used for different degrees of mutilation of the female external genitals. The practice is medically unnecessary, extremely painful and has serious health consequences, both at the time when the mutilation is carried out and in later life. FGM is much more common than most people realise, both worldwide and in the UK. It is estimated that there are around 74,000 women in the UK who have undergone the procedure, and about 7,000 girls under 16 who are at risk (DfES 2004). FGM has been a criminal offence in the UK since the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985.

If you think a child you know may be at risk of FGM it is important that you contact us. Please call 0161 603 4500 or email worriedaboutachild@salford.gov.uk. You should not try to confront an alleged abuser. Don't worry about being mistaken.

For more information, read the policy on Female Genital Mutilation. (DOWNLOADABLE DOC)

Child victims of trafficking

Trafficking in people includes the exploitation of children through force, coercion, threat and the use of deception and human rights abuses. Children who are trafficked have very little choice in what happens to them and usually suffer abuse due to threats and use of violence against them and /or their family. Children may be brought in to the country by adults who state that they are their dependents, or are met by an adult who claims to be a relative. In some cases girls aged 16 or 17 will have been tricked into a bogus marriage or offer of employment for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

If you think a child aged under 18 is the victim of trafficking it is important that you contact us. Please call 0161 603 4500 or email worriedaboutachild@salford.gov.uk. You should not try to confront an alleged abuser. Don't worry about being mistaken.

Who should I contact?

To report a concern or enquire about the welfare or safety of a child contact:

The Bridge Partnership
This is the contact for council staff, the public, partners and outside agencies. Call them on 0161 603 4500 or email worriedaboutachild@salford.gov.uk.

If a child is in immediate danger of being harmed, or if a child is at home alone, the police should be called on 999.

Latest news

Details of all the latest news from the Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership.