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It's not OK - sexual abuse & exploitation

In 2018 the SSCB (now called the Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership), the NSPCC and key partners joined together to plan and deliver the 'It's Not OK' Campaign, which aimed to raise practitioner and public awareness of sexual exploitation and abuse. Over the 12 months of the campaign hundreds of practitioners from across the Sheffield children's workforce attended workshops and training events, and Year 7 pupils from local secondary schools benefited from a specially commissioned theatre production that explored the themes of abuse and exploitation.

The campaign may be over but the work to raise awareness, build confidence and protect children from abuse and exploitation goes on.  Below you will find links to information and resources which aims to support everyone in this important task.

Child Sexual Abuse   Child Sexual Exploitation

What is child sexual abuse?

How to spot the signs and how to keep safe


What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Who to talk to and where to look for help

What happens when I say...   Talk Pants & you've got it covered!

Speaking up about sexual abuse or exploitation can be upsetting and scary - you want it to stop but you're worried about what happens next.

This is normal and it’s okay to feel like this.

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

Information and resources:

For more information about child sexual abuse go to our web page here: Sexual abuse

For more information about child sexual exploitation go to our web page here: Sexual exploitation


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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


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