What is child sexual exploitation?

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue across the UK. Hidden from view and going unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatised and scarred for life.

Advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe

Spot the signs

Barnardo’s has published the set of advice leaflets, available to download below for parents, professionals and young people across the UK.

Sexual exploitation affects thousands of children and young people every year. We can all play an important role in reducing that number, helping to cut children free from this abuse.

Get to know the tell tale signs, and a number of practical steps you can take to protect children in your life:

Spot the Signs (Barnardo's website)

"Working with children and young people who experience running away and child sexual exploitation: An evidence-based guide for practitioners" by Emilie Smeaton

What to do if you suspect a child/young person may be sexually exploited

Any professional or member of the public can refer a concern about suspected child sexual exploitation.

Remember - where there is an urgent and immediate need to protect a child or young person call the police on 999.

In all cases of suspected child sexual exploitation contact Children Social Care services via the MASH (multi-agency safeguarding hub) on 0208 545 4226/7.

If you are a professional making a referral you will be asked to complete the CSE screening tool and risk assessment

This information is to be emailed to CSE.Referrals@merton.gov.uk

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