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Victims of child sexual exploitation overlooked

Release Date: 18 Mar 2016

Children at risk of child sexual exploitation might be being missed as some front-line workers are stereotyping victims, a new Barnardo’s report warns.

The report called ‘It’s not on the radar’ says a better understanding of the diversity of CSE victims is needed in England to tackle this form of child abuse.

It recommends that professionals are trained to help identify children who have experienced, or at risk of CSE. It also calls for pupils to learn about healthy relationships at school so they feel more confident if they are in a risky situation.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

“This horrific form of child abuse can affect any child or young person. One in five children we help in our own services are male victims of this crime.

“Assumptions must not be made when trying to identify sexual exploitation as each victim has their own vulnerabilities. Recognising the diversity of victims will help ensure they are identified and get the right support.”

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