Child Sexual Exploitation

Improved Support Is Vital For Children In Care Placed Away From Home

Sam Royston | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Sam Royston

When a move away from their home area is necessary children should get the support they need to thrive and stay safe. They should be able to stay in touch with family and friends when appropriate, and they should receive a return home interview.

Why Police Using A Convicted Child Rapist As An Informant Raises Legitimate Concerns And Questions

Jim Gamble | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Jim Gamble

In my former roles as Head of Counter Terrorism in Belfast and Deputy Director General of the UK National Crime Squad I have authorised the use of many informants, recognise their worth and understand the benefits that they can bring... I have found myself being asked many times since the news of Operation Sanctuary broke, whether I would have authorised the informant known as XY. My answer is easy: no.

Age Verification On Adult Sites Is A Vital Step To Making The Internet Safer For Children

Claire Lilley | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Lilley

Young people are not equipped to deal with pornography. It can have a deeply damaging effect on their behaviour and their understanding of consent and healthy relationships. It can distort their views on body image. It can be downright dangerous when it comes to learning about sexual health.

We Should Not Lose Sympathy When Three Girls Become Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

When we see women with addictions, in prison or having their children removed by social services, we can be quick to judge with little thought as to the traumatic experiences that underpin so many of these women's lives.

Three Girls: BBC One Drama About Child Sex Abuse Is Disturbing But Essential Viewing

Javed Khan | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We now know that Rochdale was not an isolated case. Child sexual exploitation has been uncovered in towns, cities and counties all over the country and it affects both girls and boys from all backgrounds. It is committed by abusers from all walks of life, ethnicities, cultures and classes and it robs children of their childhoods and tears families apart.

Corrie's Grooming Storyline Could Protect Children From Sexual Exploitation

Javed Khan | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Javed Khan

Bethany's story is a stark reminder that children and young people all over the country need the support Barnardo's offers. It's brave programming by Coronation Street's creators and could protect children from abuse and exploitation.

Making It Happen: A World Without Child Sexual Abuse

Peter Wanless | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Peter Wanless

Right now, an average of one child in every twenty has suffered sexual abuse. Every child is affected differently. But for many, it can ruin their c...

Sex And Relationship Education: Give Children The Tools To Protect Themselves

Javed Khan | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

There is agreement from MPs of all parties, experts and organisations representing children - including Barnardo's - that change in this area is needed urgently but the government still needs a gentle push in the right direction. It's time to listen to what our children are telling us - they need the knowledge that will help keep them safe. They have spoken loud and clear and we cannot ignore them.

How The Olympics Could Be Boosting An 'Epidemic' In Child Sex Trafficking

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK

On beaches near Olympics venues in Rio, children’s bodies are being sold. Girls as young as eight are used as child prostitutes in Brazil, in what e...

NHS Staff Across the Country Are Vital to Stamping Out Child Sexual Abuse

Matthew Reed | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Matthew Reed

Stamping out child abuse is the responsibility of everyone who works with children and NHS staff - from receptionists to nurses and doctors - are ideally placed to spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

'When My Time Is Up, Have I Done Enough?' - Global Mission to Eradicate Child Sexual Exploitation

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

There are over three billion people around the world with internet access and there are enormous benefits to an ever more connected society. But we must do more to ensure that the internet remains safe for young people to explore, create, dream and achieve their true potential.

Icelandic Approach to Tackling Child Abuse Doubles Conviction Rates

Anne Longfield | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Anne Longfield

It's a statistic that never fails to shock: the vast majority of all child sexual abuse is concealed and never reported to the authorities. Only one in eight victims ever come to their attention.

Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation Overlooked

Javed Khan | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

High profile child sexual exploitation cases (CSE) like those in Rotherham and Rochdale have led many people to assume that all CSE victims are white British girls. But it's not the case. Worryingly, this stereotype highlighted in our report 'It's not on the radar', means that some front-line workers may be missing children affected by CSE.

What Explains the Astronomical Increase in Reports of Sex Offences Against Children?

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Peter Wanless

Since the watershed moment when we discovered the extent of the utterly repulsive crimes committed by Jimmy Savile the number of reported sex offences against children has almost doubled. Last year our ChildLine service provided 3,150 counselling sessions- up 10% on the previous twelve months - for children, as young as nine, who had been targets of or were worried about being groomed online.

'Victim Blaming' Child Sex Crime Term Used In Official Statistics By Mistake

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK

The term "child prostitution" is being removed from official statistics over concerns it it encourages "victim-blaming" in the wake of high-profile ch...

Why Have You Not Acted, Mr Cameron?

Sarah Champion | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

We need to make sure that victims are supported to become survivors and that the process of disclosure does not become another horror for them to endure. These are not big asks, they don't cost very much - indeed the costs in not implementing them are much greater. So why have you not acted on them?

Firebird: A Powerful New Play, Inspired by the Rochdale Child Sexual Exploitation Scandal Comes to the West End

Edward Hall | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Edward Hall

The play is now being used by The Children's Society as an awareness raising tool, helping them to lobby the government to improve laws aimed at protecting vulnerable teenagers.

Rotherham: From Sex Grooming to Murder

Qari Asim | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK
Qari Asim

From murders to planting bombs in mosques should be a concern for everyone in Britain. We should neither tolerate abuse against young girls nor any kind of bigotry against a particular community in Britain. Anti-Muslim prejudice is a matter for everyone who cares about this country and our fair society.

Barnardo's Child Sexual Exploitation Services Stretched to the Limit

Javed Khan | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Your child or the child of someone you know could be at risk of being targeted and sexually abused in person or online. That's why it's so important the right help is in place - to stop the crime from happening in the first place, and to support children who've been through terrible abuse.

Bernard Hogan-Howe Is Wrong on Police 'Believing' Rape Victims

Sarah Green | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK
Sarah Green

It is a misrepresentation to imply that current police practice involves police officers unconditionally believing those who report a sexual assault. After years of extremely bad treatment of rape victims, what we're supposed to have now is police procedure where the complainant is simply treated respectfully, where police engagement with them takes their account seriously, and where the investigation is full and not subject to rape myths - basically prejudices about who "real victims" and "real perpetrators" are and how they behave.

Older Teens Need More protection From Sexual Exploitation

Peter Grigg | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK
Peter Grigg

At The Children's Society we know from our frontline services that, too often, older teenagers are dismissed as 'old enough to know better' and, as a result often are not identified as victims of child sexual exploitation.

Why Do the Media Ignore Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse?

Tom Leavesley | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK
Tom Leavesley

We need more male survivors of childhood sexual abuse to come forward and we need the media to report their stories. Boys and young men need role models too, so it is time to ask the question, why do the media ignore male survivors?

Civilian PTSD and Me

Shy Keenan | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Shy Keenan

Sara and I want to teach a brand new approach, a new PTSD thinking. We will be working with some of the very best in their professional fields, to help develop 'drug-free' civilian post traumatic stress disorder management tools and promote good Emotional Health Services.

Tougher Sentence for Sex Abuse of Asian Girl Has Been Wrongly Interpreted

Shaista Gohir | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Shaista Gohir

It is clear that all children are at risk of sexual exploitation. Pedophiles will target the most vulnerable and the most accessible in society - such evil people do not have respect for women and girls of any ethnic or religious background.

The Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation Mustn't Forget Children With Learning Disabilities

Javed Khan | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

Each and every one of us can help to protect children with learning disabilities, but as a society we must be prepared to fundamentally change our attitudes and approach to how this group of young people are treated and supported. Only then can we take the necessary steps to protect these children and make sure that no one uses their disability to sexually exploit them.