Child sexual exploitation Helping children who have experienced CSE

Sexual exploitation is a complicated issue. And children who have experienced it may have extremely complex needs.

Therapeutic services are vital to helping children who’ve been sexually exploited to understand what’s happened to them and move on from their experience.

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Don't delay - call the police on 999, or call us on 0808 800 5000, straight away.

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Supporting children who have experienced child sexual exploitation

Using evidence to develop therapeutic services ensures children who’ve experienced sexual exploitation get the right support.

Our Protect and Respect service supports children and young people who have been, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited.

We're evaluating our service to gather evidence about how to develop an effective response to help young people.

Other partnerships and organisations working to build the evidence base to prevent child sexual abuse include:

Barnardo's and the Children's Society both provide a number of services across the UK to support children and young people experiencing, or at risk of, sexual exploitation. One example is SCARPA, a service provided by both Barnardo's and the Children's Society which recognises that running away or going missing can be a key indicator of child sexual exploitation.

Helter Skelter Project is an outreach service in Cambridgeshire which aims to help young people leave or avoid sexually exploitative relationships.

Findings from an internal evaluation of the project were published in Children and Young People Now (Rogers, 2015).

Pace Parent Support Workers work with families where children and young people are at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Pace published an evaluation of the role and contribution of the Pace Parent Support Worker in four multi-agency child sexual exploitation teams in Lancashire (Palmer and Jenkins, 2014).

Yorkshire MESMAC's The BLAST Project works solely with boys and young men who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing child sexual exploitation.

How Childline can help

We understand how difficult it is for children to talk about sexual abuse. Whether it's happening now or happened in the past, Childline can be contacted 24/7.

Calls to 0800 1111 are free and confidential. Children can also contact Childline online.

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Resources on child sexual exploitation

Browse our resources for practitioners working with children who have experienced sexual exploitation on our library catalogue.

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Read the latest facts and statistics about child sexual exploitation.

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Details of legislation, policy and guidance about child sexual exploitation in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

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Research and resources

Read our research, reports and resources about child sexual exploitation including learning from case reviews and factsheet for schools. 

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  1. Rogers, Emily. (2015) Young people learn how to move on after CSE. Children and young people now. 28 April-11 May: 32-33.