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Child Sexual Abuse

What is it?

“Child sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.

The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).

Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children”.

HM Government (2013) Working together to safeguard children: a guide to interagency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. London: Department for Education.

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Police

If you think a child is in immediate danger contact the police on 999.

Sheffield Social Care

If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care


NSPCC

For support or if you're are concerned that a child has been sexually abused please contact the NSPCC 24 hour helpline.
Tel: 0808 800 5000
Email: help@nspcc.org.uk