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Being safe from Sexual Abuse


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Information and advice for children and young people
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Children and young people have the right to be kept safe from sexual abuse.

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Talk about it

We know that it’s not easy to talk about things that are worrying you, especially sex. But if there is anything happening that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult that you trust.

If you don’t know who to talk to, or if you are still worried, you can speak to or text ChildLine:

Get Support | Childline

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Keep safe online

There’s loads of stuff out there about how to stay safe online. This website has really good information for different age groups all in one place:

Thinkuknow

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Know what is not ok


You may not be sure what sexual abuse is. This is what the law in Wales says:
Sexual abuse is:

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, including:

physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts;
- non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, pornographic material or watching sexual activities;
- or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

If you think this is happening to you, or you’re not sure what this means, talk to an adult that you trust about it.

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Look out for sexual exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) happens when a young person is encouraged – or forced – to take part in sexual activity. It might be in exchange for presents, money, alcohol, or simply emotional attention.

Find out more and where to get support here:

Child sexual exploitation (CSE)

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Know about healthy relationships

Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other. You should feel loved, safe and free to be yourself.

There’s more information and advice about things like sexting, consent, and relationship abuse here:

Disrespect Nobody

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More help

If you are worried about yourself or anyone else, there are people there to help you.

Childline information and advice

Report your concerns

 

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