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Child sexual exploitation

Find out about child sexual exploitation, key statistics, official guidance, and learning from practice


Child sexual exploitation is, to a great extent, a hidden problem. However, campaigners are working hard to raise awareness of this form of child abuse, it is receiving increasing attention in the media and there is a growing body of research on its nature and prevalence. This introduction presents what we know about child sexual exploitation, its causes and effects, how we can help victims and those at risk, and how it can be prevented.

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The Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG) conducted by the Children's Commissioner for England identified 16,500 children as being at high risk of child sexual exploitation April 2010-March 2011.

Find out what current research tells us about child sexual exploitation

Policy and guidance

The governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales set out guidelines for professionals working to protect children from child sexual exploitation.

Learn about the policy and guidance on child sexual exploitation


The NSPCC is delivering Protect and Respect, a service for young people affected by or at risk of sexual exploitation.

Find out about our work to treat and prevent child sexual exploitation

Practice resources for working with victims and preventing child sexual exploitation

Advice and resources for schools to protect children and young people from sexual exploitation

Learning from case reviews around child sexual exploitation

Contact the NSPCC's information service for more information about child sexual exploitation