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Getting help

Getting help from a counsellor

If you or someone you know is affected by child sexual exploitation, your priority should be to get help as soon as you possibly can.

The person concerned may be worried about not being believed, or being judged. It’s important to remember that child sexual exploitation is never their fault, no matter how or why it happened.

Child sexual exploitation is a crime and there are several organisations, including Barnardo’s, that have special, expert services that can help those affected.

If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

If you would like to report any concerns, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Worried about talking to us?

We understand it can be scary to come forward about child sexual exploitation, and it’s hard to know who to trust. Our expert staff can provide a safe, confidential environment, so victims can get all the help they need.

Barnardo’s is committed to helping young people break away from abuse, so they can look forward to the bright and exciting future they deserve.

Organisations that can help


Barnardo’s provides a range of services to children, young people and families across the UK. Services address problems including sexual exploitation, substance misuse and homelessness,

Find our regional services


Free, confidential 24-hour helpline that offers support for any kind of problem.

Tel: 0800 11 11


Child protection helpline gives information, advice and counselling to anyone worried about a child.

Tel: 0808 800 5000

Barnardo’s are my family and thanks to them I’ve turned my life around. Aaliyah