Helping communities keep young people safe

Girl in school

As part of an initiative in West Yorkshire, we've been looking at how Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities can keep their young people safe from child sexual exploitation.

It explored the barriers to engagement through traditional agencies and support systems and examined what was needed to ensure that young people from these communities, their parents and carers were aware and informed.

As a result of this, a range of resources were produced to support communities and professionals and carers working with them. These included an animation which was the idea of a group of young people working on the project; an accompanying workbook; and some posters and leaflets translated into the main community languages of Romanian and Slovak.

The initiative has now come to an end but the resources remain available to all those who would like to make use of them.


Stay Safe; Don't Send is an animated film telling the story of Mary Anne who gets into difficulties when sharing a photo online.

The film has an accompanying activity book for young people and guide for practitioners.

Translated leaflets and posters outline the warning signs of child sexual exploitation where young people, parents and carers can find help and information. These can be downloaded and used by members of the community or professionals to display or distribute as appropriate. English language versions are also available.

Further information

For further help or information about child sexual exploitation go to: