Signs a child might be abusing
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A child or young person who is sexually harming another might display certain signs.
Do you know a child or adolescent who:
- Seeks out the company of younger children and spends an unusual amount of time in their company?
- Takes younger children to ‘secret’ places or hideaways or plays ‘special’ games with them (e.g. doctor and patient, removing clothing etc.) especially games unusual for their age?
- Insists on hugging or kissing a child when the child does not want to?
- Tells you they do not want to be alone with a child or becomes anxious when a particular child or young person is coming to visit?
- Frequently uses aggressive sexual language about adults or children?
- Shows sexual material to younger children?
- Makes sexually abusive telephone calls?
- Shares alcohol or other drugs with younger children or teens?
- Views sexual images of children on the internet or elsewhere?
- Exposes their genitals to younger children?
- Forces sex on another adolescent or child?
- Becomes secretive about their online activity, shutting the door of the room where they are using the computer and changing the screen if someone enters the room
- Hides traces of their online activity and storage files
- Uses the new technology with children whilst excluding adults
- Meets up with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults in real life who they have initially met online.
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