Warning Signs

These can include, but are not limited to, one or a number of the following:

  • Acting secretively
  • Having mood swings or changes in behaviour or emotional wellbeing
  • They’re absent or truant from school or show a lack of interest or sudden poor performance
  • Going missing or regularly coming home late
  • Coming home with unexplained or new possessions
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Becoming suddenly hostile or estranged from their family or friends
  • Dramatic changes to their appearance, maybe wearing inappropriate clothing
  • They’re seen getting into or out of vehicles with unknown adults
  • They become involved in petty crime such as shoplifting or stealing
  • They have more than one or share their boyfriend or girlfriend
  • They become sexually active, pregnant or seeking an abortion or treatment for sexual diseases
  • They’re getting phone calls and/or text messages from unknown adults
  • They have unexplained injuries consistent with sexual or physical assault
  • They self-harm or are having suicidal thoughts or tendencies
  • They’re behaving inappropriately, being over-familiar with strangers, sending sexual images via the internet or mobile phones