Child Sexual Exploitation

We Must Find New Ways to Talk to Children About Sexual Exploitation

Michelle Lee-Izu | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Michelle Lee-Izu

Last year Barnardo's worked with 2,592 sexually exploited children across the UK. The year before we worked with 1,940; that's a rise of 34%. This number continues to rise year on year and every time we open a new service we are inundated with young people who need our support.

Creating a System that Puts the Welfare of Sexually Exploited Children at its Very Heart

Sarah Champion | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

We all want children and young people to feel safe and loved as they grow up, surrounded by people they can trust at time of innocence. Sadly for some the reality is very different. Children who become the victims of sexual predators who groom them, coerce and exploit them are left emotionally and physically scarred for life by these horrific experiences. They need careful support to help them towards recovery, provided by organisations like Barnardo's. Just as importantly, we need to take steps to stop these terrible crimes before they happen, and bring perpetrators to justice.

Parents Must Be Aware of the Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation

Michelle Lee-Izu | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Michelle Lee-Izu

For most young people growing up in a loving environment their teenage years are a period they will reflect upon fondly in later years. However for sexually exploited children, being a teenager can be a turbulent and harrowing time of violence and abuse.

Councils in Denial Over Extent of Child Sexual Exploitation

Andy McCullough | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andy McCullough

"If only someone had listened..." is the final report of the Office of the Children's Commissioner's two-year national inquiry into child sexual exploitation by gangs and groups, and presents a compelling case for a "sea change" in the culture of children's services so victims' needs are prioritised...

Is 'We Didn't Know' Enough?

Christian Berg | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Tech
Christian Berg

Child sexual abuse images and videos are nearly always a symptom of abuse. In many instances they are instrumental in building to the physical abuse of a child. As horrifying as this may be, the digital trail of this kind of content presents an opportunity to find and prevent abuse. By tracking the symptom, we can tackle the problem.

Paedophiles: The Ordinary Monsters Hiding in Plain Sight

Hayley Meachin | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Hayley Meachin

How do you spot a paedophile? With great difficulty. While media coverage of cases of horrific child abuse and murder use terms such as 'evil', 'monster' and 'fiend' to describe perpetrators, the reality is that paedophiles generally look the same as everybody else.

Do White Abusers Have Their Race, Religion or Culture Scrutinised By the Media?

Sara Khan | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Sara Khan

We don't ask whether Cameron, Hazell, Hall or Savile, were motivated by white culture or their religion yet every newspaper I've read or news item I've watched, has consistently referred to the Oxford groomers' culture and religion.

An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: BTW Beyonce No Longer A 'Role Model'

Rakhi Kumar | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rakhi Kumar

I'm writing because I think it's time to stop suggesting to very young girls that ultimate feminine success - in the music industry or anywhere else - comes with the need, or the expectation for them to undress.

At Last, Children Whose Voices Are Rarely Heard Will Get the Attention They So Desperately Need

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

In these difficult times protecting and promoting the well-being of the most vulnerable children in society must be our absolute priority, now more than ever. The introduction of the Children and Families Bill couldn't have come at a better time - it is an eagerly awaited piece of legislation which is long overdue.

Why Blaming 'Asian Sex Gangs' Is the Real Disservice to the Victims

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The latest report is a vital contribution to our understanding of child sexual exploitation, but it ‎focuses only one particular type, namely that involving gangs or groups. ‎Although Asian men are overrepresented in this particular category, 95% of the UK's sex offenders ‎are white males.

The Office of the Children's Commissioners CSE Report: A Missed Opportunity?

Helen Brayley | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Brayley

In their reasonable desire to prove that CSE is more than kebab shops and shisha pipes, the OCC has grouped so many forms of exploitation together that the nuances of the phenomenon have been lost.

I Thought I Was the Only One - The Only One in the World

Carlene Firmin | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Carlene Firmin

It is important that professionals, parents, carers, and society at large take this report as a wake-up call. We all must be alert to the signs and take action to protect children. There are too many cases where children have tried to tell and have not been heard.

Child Sexual Exploitation is Not an Ethnic or Cultural Crime

Yasmin Qureshi | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Yasmin Qureshi

Yesterday's debate should not have been about the ethnicity and religion of the abuser, nor should it be an opportunity to tarnish an entire community. This is a debate about the vulnerability of victims, let's not forget about them.

Child Sexual Exploitation- The Time has Come to Lift the Stone

Mark Williams-Thomas | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK
Mark Williams-Thomas

I have worked in the field of child protection for a very a long time now, and over 10 years ago I was first told of the problem of Asian Pakistani men targeting white teenage girls for sexual exploitation.

Why Do We Only Take Notice of Our Teenagers When Rapists Are Convicted?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

It is easy to turn away from the revolting reality of these types of cases, but the lack of foster carers in this country and the sheer lack of money in the system, means that children vanish into a terrifying underworld of exploitation, and nothing is done about it.

Nine Guilty Over Child Sexual Exploitation Ring

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK

Nine men were found guilty today of being part of a child sexual exploitation ring where vulnerable girls were forced to have sex with "several men in...

Courts Must Look After Children for Justice to be Done

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

If we do not make courts responsive to children's needs, we will have weaker evidence and we will have poorer justice. Because serving justice means protecting children.

Supporting Child Victims of Sexual Exploitation Saves Both Lives and Money

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

With increased pressure on public finances, tough choices have to be made about how, why and where money is invested. I strongly believe that we have a duty to help inform the debate and to ensure that resources are directed towards those young people who are most in need in our society.