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Thousands of older teenagers facing serious risks because of a “cliff edge” in support

Tens of thousands of older teenagers facing serious risks including child sexual exploitation and mental health issues are missing out on vital support because of a “cliff edge” in support, The Children’s Society has warned.  They said that because there is no statutory requirement for councils to support children in need when they turn 18 they […]

CSE campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation

Coventry City Council launched a summer campaign using the message ‘Do you know what your friend’s doing’ highlighting key warning signs to help boys and girls from all backgrounds and communities to identify concerns and get help. Developed in consultation with children and young people, ‘Do you know what your friend’s doing’ is being delivered […]

Fight for Justice over the Olympics

The It’s a Penalty campaign harnesses the power of sport to protect children from exploitation and abuse around the world, and at major global sporting events. Throughout the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, It’s a Penalty reached over 300 million people globally. There were 11,252 calls to the Brazilian national crisis line reporting child exploitation. […]

Teenage sex-crime victims ‘don’t report offences as they fear not being believed’

Huge numbers of sex crimes against older teenagers in England and Wales in the last year went unreported and unpunished because many victims were gripped by the fear of not being believed and suspicion of the justice system, a new report by The Children’s Society reveals. The staggering scale of under-reporting is highlighted in new figures obtained […]

What is child sexual exploitation (CSE)?

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse and it is illegal. It’s when a child or young person (anyone under the age of 18), engages in sexual activity as a result of receiving something such as food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, accommodation, drugs, money, or affection. It’s a process of grooming where the abuser […]

Charity chief urges Prime Minister to create CSE national inquiry

Charity 4Children is calling for a stand-alone national inquiry into the extent of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the wake of the Rotherham abuse scandal. 4Children chief executive Anne Longfield has written to Prime Minister David Cameron to make the case for why a national inquiry is needed following the publication last week of the […]