The #SaySomething campaign

Between December 2013 – September 2014 we held a consultation with young people affected by CSE using focus groups, surveys and one to one consultation.

We asked young people:

  • If a national awareness campaign was needed?
  • If so, what could it look like?
  • If so, what would be the best way to raise awareness?

Young People told us:

  • that a national campaign was needed
  • that schools were key to it working
  • that there was a need for a variety of options for young people to speak out as some young people felt they had no options
  • plus they gave us lots of information about what a campaign could look like
  • The need for a specific helpline for young people

So we gathered a group of 12-14 young people to work on developing the campaign, which launched on the 29th of June 2015 at Westminster. Young people felt that the purpose of the campaign was to help young people identify the signs of a healthy/unhealthy relationship. A number of resources have been created to help as the campaign was rolled out nationally including posters, roller banners for schools, wristbands and credit card style leaflets for young people. For more information see our online shop

The key messages of the campaign

It is not OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do things you don’t want to. Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right – tell someone.

The Helpline

We have partnered with the Runaway helpline to provide a 24/7 helpline that you can call, text or email.

You can Call or Text 116 000 anonymously and it is free

Or you can email [email protected]

FAQ about the helpline

It’s your call, we are here to listen and support you.

You might want to report something to us or you might want to discuss something with us – either way it’s on your terms.
We cannot trace your phone number or email address so we do not know who you are. You do not need to tell us your name or anything about yourself for us to still be able to listen. If you do want to report something or if you want us to give you some help we may ask you for your name and contact details, again it is up to you if you give it us.

If you decide not to let us help you but you have told us your details and we believe you are at risk of serious harm we may need to let someone know.

Your phone number cannot be seen by us and will not show on your bill.
We are a team of trained staff and volunteers here for you 24/7.

We won’t judge you or tell you what to do. We will listen to, understand and help you.

This service is provided by the charity helpline Missing People.
You do not have to tell us anything, we know that sometimes its hard to talk, its your call we are here to listen to your worries, it might be that you are calling about someone else.

If you do want us to pass information to someone we will need to know more information. We do have a report form that we can pass onto the police, we can pass on information without sharing your details.