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Our work with CSE  

Barnardo’s is the largest provider of child sexual exploitation (CSE) support in the UK. We have worked with sexually exploited children and young people for more than 20 years, and have specialist services in over 40 locations.

Our vision is that no child should be affected by sexual exploitation, but more children than ever before need us. In 2014–15, we worked directly with 3,200 exploited or at-risk children in the UK. But the true number of victims is likely to be much higher – as the pain of their ordeal and fear that they will not be believed means they are too often scared to come forward, and they might not recognise themselves as a victim.

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To provide the support that children at risk of or affected by sexual exploitation need, our work is wide-ranging.

We actively identify and reach out to young people at risk in the community, offering them the long-term support they need.

Our highly skilled professionals provide confidential support in a safe environment. They offer one-to-one counselling, group work and drop-in sessions to help those affected by child sexual exploitation to escape and recover from their abuse.

Our services help to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation locally, working with schools to deliver preventative education programmes, as well as training professionals and members of community organisations so that they understand the signs to look out for.

We also work to ensure young victims are appropriately supported in the criminal justice system - underpinning our direct work is a sustained campaign effort to create legislative change that will help bring abusers to justice, and improve policy to ensure that children are better protected.

Children at risk of sexual exploitation are some of the most vulnerable in society. Many have experienced abandonment or suffered from physical and mental abuse. These children need help but don’t know where to look.

Help us be there for them and stop CSE.

Watch the video below to find out how Barnardo's helps support the children who need it most.

Barnardo’s helped me realise what was happening, and then they helped me escape. The worker helped me mend the broken relationship with my mum and get the whole family back on track.
Sophie, a young person helped by Barnardo’s