The cover of our 'Old enough to know better?' report

We work with hundreds of teenagers each year at risk of, or experiencing sexual exploitation. We see that too often 16 and 17 year olds are particularly at risk, not identified as victims and let down by the law which doesn't give them the same protection as younger children. This report on how child sexual exploitation affects older teenagers, follows on from our broad report, Seriously Awkward: How vulnerable 16-17 year olds are falling through the cracks. It examines what happens when an older teenager reveals they are being exploited, and what can be done to improve protection and support.

Month of publication 
November
Year of publication 
2015
Number of pages 
20
Author 
Iryna Pona and Donna Baillie
Category 
Campaign reports
Related reports 
The cover of our 'Old enough to know better?' report

Old enough to know better?: Why sexually exploited teenagers are being overlooked - Full report

We work with hundreds of teenagers each year at risk of, or experiencing sexual exploitation. We see that too often 16 and 17 year olds are particularly at risk, not identified as victims and let down by the law which doesn't give them the same protection as younger children. This report on how child sexual exploitation affects older teenagers, follows on from our broad report, Seriously Awkward: How vulnerable 16-17 year olds are falling through the cracks. It examines what happens when an older teenager reveals they are being exploited, and what can be done to improve protection and support.

Date published 
November 2015
Number of pages 
76
The cover of 'Seriously Awkward'

Seriously Awkward: Full report

At The Children’s Society we work with thousands of teenagers each year. We see that too often the most vulnerable older teenagers are being let down by the law and not getting basic protections to keep them safe, healthy and happy. We estimate that half a million 16 and 17 year olds face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with multiple issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships. This period of adolescence is known as an awkward age, but the challenges are seriously awkward for the most vulnerable teenagers falling between the cracks of childhood and adulthood.

Date published 
June 2015
Number of pages 
120
the cover of our Seriously Awkward report

Seriously Awkward: Summary report

At The Children’s Society we work with thousands of teenagers each year. We see that too often the most vulnerable older teenagers are being let down by the law and not getting basic protections to keep them safe, healthy and happy. We estimate that half a million 16 and 17 year olds face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with multiple issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships. This period of adolescence is known as an awkward age, but the challenges are seriously awkward for the most vulnerable teenagers falling between the cracks of childhood and adulthood.

Date published 
June 2015
Number of pages 
16