Child Sexual Exploitation

What is Sexual Exploitation?

Sexual exploitation is a form of abuse that affects thousands of young people every year in the UK.

It can be physical, where the young person is encouraged or forced in to performing sexual activities such as touching, oral sex and penetration, or non-physical where they are asked to send pictures or make videos either by themselves or with other young people.

The child may not know they are being abused and exploited. They might think they are in good relationship with the person, or people. It might seem normal for young people to send explicit pictures and videos to boyfriends or girlfriends, however, the possession and distribution of any explicit material of under 16’s is illegal.

Many victims of exploitation have been groomed by an adult who will befriend them and make them feel special to gain their trust before sexually exploiting them.

Organisations that can help:




Please click here for the NSPCC: The Underwear Rule



Help keep your child safe on line. Barnados Stay Safe Guide advice for parents. The clear and practical advice in Barnardo's guide is informed by our thousands of hours supporting and counselling children who have been grooomed or abused. 

Barnardo’s has launched its Cut them free campaign to reduce the number of children experiencing the horror of sexual exploitation in the UK.

Barnados provide advice regarding teenage dating and healthy and safe relationships: Please click here 


For information from Central Bedfordshire Council  please see the following link: 

Child sexual exploitation - How to get help if you think your son or daughter is being sexually exploited





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