Published on
1 August 2014

Hidden in plain sight A scoping study into the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in the UK

Date of Publication: August, 2014

 ​​​​​Abstract: Analysis of 9,042 Barnardo’s records of child sexual exploitation reveals male victims are more likely than female victims to have a recorded disability and a criminal record. Prominent barriers to disclosing sexual abuse for boys and young men are identified, including discriminatory social attitudes, stereotypes, and expectations of ‘masculine’ behaviour. In line with gender stereotypes and societal perceptions, professionals’ attitudes towards boys and young men are less protective than towards girls and young women.

Keywords: Child Sexual Exploitation; Boys; Young Men