Child Sexual Exploitation

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 27.07.2016 | 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 24.07.2016 | 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 26.04.2016 | 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 18.03.2016 | 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 09.03.2016 | 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 03.03.2016 | 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 01.03.2016 | 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 29.02.2016 | 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 18.02.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | 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 21.12.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 23.11.2015 | 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 23.09.2015 | 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 15.09.2015 | 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.

How We Are Failing to Stop Sex Offenders From Harming Our Children

Adam Simmonds | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Adam Simmonds

There is a paradox in the way that we currently deal with sex offenders; a contradiction that is putting innocent people in harm's way, and stopping us from preventing these horrible crimes from happening.

Crimes Against Children Are Now Being Exposed, But the Challenges in Keeping Future Generations Safe Are Myriad and Complex

Peter Wanless | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

Child abuse comes in many forms - from neglect to physical, online to sexual - and at the heart of tackling it lies a need to provide a loving and supportive environment for all children. Listening to them properly when they need to be heard and then helping to equip them with an understanding of abuse and develop resilience against it. Preventing abuse before it can take hold is how, together, we will end cruelty to children.

A Humbling and Inspirational 12 Months

Javed Khan | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

It's a year since I arrived at Barnardo's and I can honestly say I feel very humbled to be chief executive of this great charity. It's been a challenging year for sure but also a hugely rewarding one.

Homeless and Alone: Teenagers Are Being Let Down

Matthew Reed | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Our shocking findings show that an estimated 12,000 16 and 17-year-olds - enough to fill Wembley arena - have asked their council for help in finding a new home for them. But more than half are turned away without even being assessed.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Time to Take Action

Adam Simmonds | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Adam Simmonds

As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, I am utilising my position as leader in the local area to take action against child sexual exploitation.

Savile: Celebrity Scandal Should Not Overshadow Abuse Victims' Pain

Deanna Neilson | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Deanna Neilson

With hope, the Government's publication of the Savile reports will emphasise the importance - to children, adults working with children and those who may have suffered abuse in the past - of both listening and speaking out. No one should face the terrors of abuse alone.

There Is No Quick Fix for Child Sexual Exploitation

Javed Khan | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

Recent weeks have given us a sobering reminder of the dreadful impact of child sexual exploitation. The further revelations regarding Rotherham coupled with the announcements of new investigations in Manchester, Halifax and Essex, reinforce the belief that we are only beginning to scratch the surface of this emerging national blight.

Why There Are Fewer Safe Places for Teenagers in Crisis

Andy McCullough | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Andy McCullough

The charity Railway Children, which works with children who run away and end up on the streets, this week launches the report Reaching Safe Places. Funded by the charity's corporate partner Aviva, the report also involved a group of young researchers with personal experience of running away and homelessness.