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Barnardo’s runs specialist sexual exploitation projects that offer a safe, confidential environment where young people can go for help, advice and support. Our project workers actively seek out young people, offering them the long-term support they need to change their way of life. The projects also work with schools and others to educate vulnerable young people to protect themselves from exploitation and with the police to bring about the prosecution of perpetrators of sexual exploitation.
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Children are most vulnerable to sexual exploitation at age 13 - 15, but Barnardo’s has worked with boys and girls as young as 10 and 11 who are known to have been sexually exploited.
Children and young people who are exploited can be subject to physical abuse and imprisonment by the perpetrators.
The pain of children’s experiences can show itself in self-destructive behaviour such as self-mutilation, overdosing, eating disorders and crime.