We all have a part to play in tackling child sexual exploitation. Please follow us and share our content to help spread awareness of child sexual exploitation and the #itsnotokay campaign.
If your query is serious, urgent, or involves personal details, please get help from your nearest specialist child sexual exploitation team.
Monitoring accounts, responding and replying
We try and respond to as many replies or comments we can, however this isn’t always possible.
Our social media accounts are not currently monitored twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It is also easy to miss posts in busy social media traffic.
Liking and following
Please don’t be offended if we don’t ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ you on social media. This doesn’t mean we don’t like you or are not interested in what you have to say, it’s just that the numbers can get too high for us to manage.
We sometimes follow or like people who provide information that is pertinent to our work (for example government accounts, local media, and our partners) or those whose information we can pass on for the benefit of many local people.
Occasionally, we’ll also try and lend our support to other local and national campaigns.
There will also be times we’ll need to like or follow an account in order to take part in conversations.
Just because we like or follow someone, retweet or share their information, it doesn’t mean that we endorse them.
Sharing and retweeting
We try and share or retweet information that we think will be of interest or use to our followers, however please don’t be offended if we don’t retweet something you want us to.
Blocking and unfollowing
If we block your account, this will probably be because you’ve followed or liked us purely to promote a product or service, or you’ve contravened the rules of a particular social media space (see Moderation).
If for some reason we unfollow you, it might just be that we’re going through a sort-out or simply cutting down on numbers. If you see that we’ve unfollowed you, please don’t take this a sign of personal rejection!
Most online communities have their own rules and guidelines, which we will always follow.
Where possible, we will rely on the measures of protection and intervention which the social networking site already has in place (e.g. against illegal, harmful or offensive content), for example by flagging comments or alerting them to any breaches of the site’s terms and conditions.
We also have some of our own rules.
We reserve the right to remove any contributions or block users that break the rules of the relevant community, or any of the following moderation guidelines:
- be civil, tasteful, polite, and relevant
- don’t post messages that are unlawful, libellous, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive
- don’t swear or use hate-speech
- don’t break the law or condone illegal activity.
- don’t post content copied from elsewhere, for which you do not own the copyright
- don’t post the same message, or very similar messages, more than once (also called “spamming”)
- don’t publish yours, or anyone else’s, personal information, such as contact details*
- don’t advertise commercial products or services
- don’t impersonate someone else or falsely claim to represent a person or organisation
- for propriety reasons, don’t use this website or our social media spaces for party political purposes
- don’t discuss ongoing cases and investigations because we can’t host or comment on this type of content
- be on-topic and relevant – please try and stick to the topic being discussed! And don’t spam!
- be respectful – don’t be mean to people! Don’t write malicious or offensive comments, and don’t make personal attacks
- don’t incite hatred in the context of race, religion, gender, nationality, sexuality or any other personal characteristic
Please take care not to make libellous statements. In law this means a statement that lowers the reputation of a person or organisation in the eyes of a reasonable person. By publishing such a statement we can both get into serious trouble. We will therefore take down any statement that could be deemed to be libellous.