On March 18, we want the world to unite against child sexual exploitation.

We are supporting the NWG Campaign and would like you to join in with us.  You can do this by writing a personal pledge on your hands to show support for the Helping Hands campaign.

Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help us raise awareness of CSE.

Only together can we help protect the children of today.

 We’ve all heard of child sexual exploitation and some of us will know that it is a form of child sexual abuse.

It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.

The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual.Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

The statistics are shocking and can’t be ignored.

Research by the NSPCC has identified that 1 in 20 children  have been sexually abused, 90%  of them by someone they knew.   However, of the 43,000 children   in England who are subject to a child protection plan at any given time, only   around 5% are on a plan for sexual abuse. (NSPCC 2014)

More than one in three children (34%) who experienced contact sexual abuse by an adult did not tell anyone else about it. (NSPCC      2014)

Four out of five children (82.7%) who experienced  contact sexual  abuse from a peer did not tell anyone else about it. (NSPCC 2014)

Evidence suggests that 2,409 children across England were sexually exploited in the 14 months between August 2010 and October 2011.  A further 16,500 were at high risk of child sexual exploitation during the 12 months from April 2010 to March 2011. (Department for Education; Office of the Children’s Commissioner inquiry).

On March 2013 there were 2,030 children and young people in the UK subject to a child protection plan on the grounds of sexual abuse and a further 4,870 on the grounds of multiple    forms  of abuse including child sexual abuse. . (Department for Education; Office of the Children’s Commissioner inquiry).

35% of all sexual crimes (53,540 sexual crimes in total) recorded in  England and Wales  in 2012/13 were sexual crimes against children  under 16 (Office for National Statistics (2013) In: Crime in England and Wales 2012/13: findings from the British Crime Survey and police recorded crime)

We must do more to eradicate CSE, one way we can do this is to raise awareness of what it is and what to do about it if you think it is happening. Taking part and supporting this campaign will help.  To find out more about the campaign click here


Information contained within this article is reproduced courtesy of NWG.