Barnardo's is hugely proud of its 20-year history in placing the serious crime of child sexual exploitation, (CSE), firmly
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.
Every day, we work with vulnerable children, many of whom have experienced or are at risk of child sexual exploitation. This horrific abuse has affected a number of children supported by our services, whether related to risks to those in residential or foster care, or to young parents receiving our help. Awareness must be raised and professionals, children, and their carers must be educated about the risks around exploitation, as well as ways to guard against it.
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.