Help us stop child sexual exploitation

No child should ever be sexually exploited or denied justice for the shocking crimes committed against them.
Strengthen the law to protect 16 and 17 year olds from child sexual exploitation. Join the campaign so that we can help children and young people across the country stay safe and rebuild their lives.

Our work to stop child sexual exploitation

Thousands of children and young people are being sexually exploited in every type of community across the country. Forced to do, see and hear things they never should. We want to stop this exploitation right now.

Read more about our work to stop CSE

Children as young as 10 are being targeted. Their childhoods are being ripped away by adults who prey on them. They win their trust then abuse them through sexual exploitation.

We support children and young people intensively to cope with the trauma of sexual exploitation. We spot the warning signs and help make exploitation stop. We help them through the intimidating, complex justice system so that they are listened to, and can try to get justice for the crimes against them.

Too many children and young people are not getting the help they need. The systems there to protect them have failed and need overhauling. We want to help more children and young people stay safe and rebuild their lives through our specialist services across the country. We want the Government to strengthen the law so that all children and young people experiencing exploitation are recognised, get the protection they need and the justice they deserve.

No child should ever be sexually exploited or denied justice for the crimes committed against them.

What is child sexual exploitation? What do you need to know?

Learn about what CSE is, the form that child sexual exploitation takes and the children who are at risk.

What can you do to stop child sexual exploitation?

We all have a role in stopping child sexual exploitation. With 16,500 children at high risk of sexual exploitation in England, it’s important you know how to protect the children you love by recognising the signs and symptoms of exploitation.

We have outlined guidance for individuals who suspect a child is in danger of CSE, as well as practitioners who work with children and young people.

Watch stories from young people

Right now, children are being sexually abused by adults they thought they could trust. Children as young as 10 are being targeted for sexual exploitation in every type of community across the country.

Becky and Emily were teenagers when they were sexually exploited online and by their 'boyfriends'.

Too many young people today aren’t getting the help they need, but together we can change the writing on their walls.

You can help children draw a line through sexual abuse.

Our direct practice supporting children and young people

All children and young people are at risk of being sexually exploited, regardless of age, gender or where they live.

We support children and young people intensively to cope with the trauma of child sexual exploitation through the services we provide. We help both children and young people at risk of CSE, and those who have already experienced it.

Are you a commissioner? Find out how you can work with us to combat child sexual exploitation.

Donate so we can help more than 1,000 children stay safe

We want to double our support to help more than 1,000 young people stay safe and rebuild their lives through our specialist services across the country. But we need your help so we can help them.

Our work over the past 20 years

We first campaigned to change the way the authorities deal with child sexual exploitation over 20 years ago in 1995.

Since then we have lobbied the government to act on the link between child sexual exploitation and children who run away from home, and those leaving care.

Support our Seriously Awkward campaign

Being 16 and 17 can be an awkward age, but inconsistent laws can make it Seriously Awkward for vulnerable teens. Thousands of 16 and 17 year olds are often left without help and the law fails to give them the same basic protections as younger children. This includes the police not being able to protect this age group in the same way they can protect under 16 year olds and problems getting therapeutic support.

That's why we're campaigning to improve protections in the law, increase access to services and make sure that no 16 and 17 year old at risk of harm is left with nowhere to turn to.

Seen and heard

All staff working across health care settings should be able to spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation and feel confident to step in and support a young person who may be at risk.

In 2015, we were commissioned by the Department of Health to produce an e-learning package for staff located across healthcare settings to help them recognise the signs of abuse. The package, Seen and Heard, includes a hard hitting film and aims to reach up to 750,000 healthcare professionals.