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It’s not consent, its sexual exploitation

While 16 and 17 year olds can legally consent to sex in healthy relationships, there is nothing healthy or normal about being coerced or groomed and made to submit to sexual acts.


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'If a child is hungry it can affect their education'

This blog was written as part of The Children's Commission on Poverty. The commission was led by sixteen children aged 10-19 to uncover the true cost of school life for those living in poverty, through young eyes.

As it happened: Teens in Crisis, the 2015 Edward Rudolf Debate

We led a national debate on 19 November, tackling the question: Are we failing our nation’s teenagers?

Free online screening of Hampstead Theatre’s hard-hitting exploitation play Firebird

Hampstead Theatre’s powerful and highly-praised play – Firebird – about the sexual exploitation of a teenage girl is being given a free online showing on the Time Out website

Seriously Awkward: Protect older teenagers

We are calling on the Government to strengthen the law so all children and young people experiencing exploitation get the protection they need.

Work with us to prevent and combat child sexual exploitation

We have worked with local authorities for over 20 years to fight child sexual exploitation

From child prostitution to child sexual exploitation

We have been campaigning for vulnerable children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation for over two decades. Learn more about our history of fighting child sexual exploitation.

Becky's story

When Becky was 15 she met someone she thought really cared for her. But then things changed. Watch her story here.


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Fear is stopping huge numbers of 16 and 17 year olds from reporting sex crimes

Our new report has found that an estimated 50,000 girls in England and Wales have been victims of child sexual exploitation crimes but only 4,900 cases have been recorded by the police.