Help for Parents - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Help for Parents

Sexual exploitation can occur anywhere and to anyone’s child – regardless of social, cultural or economic background. Learn the facts about sexual exploitation and what you can do as parent or guardian.

What every parent or guardian needs to know

Education and healthy relationships are the best ways to protect your child against sexual exploitation.

Have open conversations with your child about healthy relationships and sexuality, drugs, and internet safety and luring. You can never know too much when it comes to protecting your child.

If you see your child:

  • Withdrawing from their regular friends and family
  • Being secretive about who they see and where they have been
  • Being unusually protective about a new relationship or friend when you ask about them
  • Coming home much later than expected for unexplained reasons
  • Hanging around older people
  • Wearing clothing or jewelry or having a smart phone that they could not possibly afford
  • Carrying excess amounts of condoms or sexual aids
  • Being excessively secretive or reactive about their browser history, frequented websites or contacts on their cell phone

Call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-387-KIDS (5437) and ask to speak to someone about your concerns.

What else can you do to prevent your child being sexual exploited? For tips.

Take Action. Together we can stop the abuse

If you suspect that your child may be sexually exploited, trust your instinct and seek help. Call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-387-KIDS (5437) or call your local police department.

The Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA) recognizes that children involved in sexual exploitation are victims of sexual abuse who need help and protection. Learn about the law and the many services available.

Modified: 2018-05-02
PID: 15419