Dare to Debate

Our expert panel discusses the sexualisation of children in the first of our series of debates

Abused boy standing outside

We are staging the first in our Dare to Debate series in London this Friday 14th November.

'Children or sex objects – where has it all gone wrong?' will take a look at the sexualisation of children from different aspects.


Speakers include:

  • Nazir Afzal, Chief Prosecutor for the North West. Nazir led the Rochdale grooming gang prosecution.
  • Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of the Mothers' Union, Reg wrote, 'Letting Children be Children' which looked at the commercialisation of children.
  • Dionne Taylor, criminal lecturer at Birmingham City University. Dionne has undertaken research into the influence of pop videos on young girls.
  • Maris Stratulis, England Manager for the British Association of Social Workers.
  • Jon Brown, head of the NSPCC's sexual abuse programmes.

The event will be chaired by our CEO Peter Wanless. For more information, please email our national media office.

"Child sexual exploitation is a darkly disturbing issue as the events of Oxford, Rotherham and Rochdale have so depressingly shown. It’s a crime that results in the most appalling suffering for many young people who often don’t know where to turn for help."

"At the NSPCC we have worked with hundreds of children who have been victims of sexual exploitation so we understand how devastating and insidious it is. Fortunately we are now more aware of the extent of this kind of abuse but we still sometimes struggle to deal with it. We hope this event will open a useful debate which will help develop ideas designed to give children greater protection and increase our understanding of how such a dreadful problem has infected our society."
Peter Wanless / NSPCC CEO

Healthy sexual behaviour in children and young people

Useful advice on what is normal sexual behaviour, warning signs that suggest there may be a problem, and how best to react.
What is healthy sexual behaviour?

Child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
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Sexual abuse

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn't have to be physical contact, and it can happen online.
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Grooming

Children and young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know - for example a family member, friend or professional. 
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