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Sexual Abuse/Exploitation

Barnardo’s delivers services that work both with victims and perpetrators of sexual exploitation and harmful practices. Alongside our commissioners we help protect, advise and work with young people to regain their confidence and build trusting relationships.

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Sexual Abuse/Exploitation

Barnardo’s delivers services that work both with victims and perpetrators of sexual exploitation and harmful practices. Alongside our commissioners we help protect, advise and work with young people to regain their confidence and build trusting relationships.

Benefits of our Child Sexual Expoitation support

Barnardo's is the largest provider of child sexual exploitation support in the UK having worked with sexually exploited children for over 20 years. No one is more experienced at working with young people at risk of sexual exploitation than us. You could work with us to continue the sector leading work that we do to provide better lives for more children. Some of the benefits of working with us are:

  • Solutions to manage high risk situations
  • Expert representation at strategic meeting
  • Solutions based on in-depth experience and nationwide research
  • Focus on long-term outcomes for the young person and the commissioner
  • By offering consultations and co-working opportunities, we increase the confidence and expertise of Children’s Services professionals.

Case Study - It wasn't Beth's fault

Beth* was 13 when she became friendly with ‘John’ online. She was feeling very low about herself and he took advantage of this, telling her she was ‘beautiful’ and making her feel like he understood what she was going through. After a while, he encouraged her to send obscene photos and messages then started to threaten her by telling her parents if she stopped. After confiding in a friend, Beth’s parents became aware of what was happening and the Police became involved. At first Beth was angry but was referred to Barnardo’s who worked with her through these issues.

I was referred to a Barnardo’s service. Barnardo’s showed me it wasn’t my fault – he tricked me into sending those photos and did it when I was feeling really low. They helped me get to the point where I felt good about myself again and didn’t need anyone to tell me I was beautiful or special – I was able to think that about myself.

*The names and location in this story have been changed to protect identities.

Relevant Sexual Abuse/Exploitation Links:

Rapid Evidence Assessments: Child Sexual Exploitation

Rapid Evidence Assessments based on the available evidence in relation to prevention education, outreach work and direct work with sexually exploited or at risk children and young people

Working with children who are victims or at risk of sexual exploitation: Barnardo's model of practice (PDF - 1.42MB)

This paper sets out the models and processes used to sexually exploit children and young people, and Barnardo's model of practice in engaging and supporting these children

Online grooming survey 2016 (PDF - 234Kb)

This snapshot survey of five Barnardo's sexual exploitation services across the UK shows the prevalence of online grooming and the number of children who had gone on to be sexually exploited after being groomed online.

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