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Last year there were over 1,000 reported cases of child sexual exploitation in the UK

But sexual exploitation is often a hidden crime and there are currently an estimated 16,500 children in England who are considered to be at high risk of sexual exploitation.

Sexual exploitation can damage children long-term and affect their mental health, physical health and development. Sexual abuse can lead to self-harm, eating disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. This can in turn impact on their education and their  whole future.

We believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood and receive the best chances in life - and not be abused.  Perhaps you share our outrage at sexual exploitation. This is why we are asking for your support today. Right now demand for our services is so high that we urgently need funding to help more young people stay safe and rebuild their lives.

We can’t do it alone. Please donate today and help us be there for more young people who desperately need our support.

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How does your donation help these children?

  • Last year, donations enabled our project workers to give intensive support to hundreds of children and young people through our child sexual exploitation services. We work with them for as long as it takes
  • Donations allow us to run school assemblies and workshops to help children spot the signs of sexual exploitation. They can then report experiences and get help
  • Donations support our lobbying work, which means that last year we secured a two-hour debate in parliament on protecting vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds from sexual exploitation.

Natalie

Natalie’s story

Abused by her step dad at age four, Natalie went into care when she was six. By the time she was 15 she had been in 47 different placements. She was then groomed by an older man, introduced to drugs and sexually exploited. When she was referred to us, Natalie was homeless and had tried to end her life.

Although it may be upsetting to read about Natalie’s terrible experience, because of donations from our supporters Natalie was able to receive dedicated one-to-one support from her project worker Kelly. Natalie could speak with Kelly about her problems and she still meets with her regularly as she attempts to rebuild her life. Although Natalie is still working through her problems, she is at last starting to feel more positive about her future.

Without our help, other vulnerable children like Natalie may not receive the support they urgently need.

Marnie on her laptop

Marnie's story

Marnie’s story is very different from Natalie’s, but it reminds us of the many ways groomers can target young people today.

When Marnie was 16 years old, she struggled with low confidence and found it difficult to make friends. She was behind in her school work, which made her feel even more stressed and isolated.

'I just felt really lonely. Like I was torn in different pieces and couldn’t find myself. I gave up. It just felt like my life was fading away'

Marnie started speaking to older men on the internet, who would show her attention. She didn’t know she was putting herself at risk.

'I didn’t take into consideration the grooming process. I thought it was just normal chatting.'

Eventually Marnie opened up to a teacher at school who referred her to us. There she met her worker who told her about the grooming process and sexual exploitation.

'My worker was there to support me, just to be like a friend, but most of all she built my confidence.'

At The Children’s Society, Marnie also met other young people and together they discussed how to keep safe. Now, Marnie is much happier at school and no longer uses social media. She dreams of travelling abroad when she’s older to help people overseas.

'Before I started with The Children’s Society I was sad and had low confidence. By coming here, it’s built my confidence and made my social circle bigger. They’re really welcoming, it’s like a family.'

Sadly, Marnie’s story is not unusual. But with your help we can protect them.

Our specialist services

Both Natalie and Marnie were helped by one of our specialist services, which provide confidential and independent support and advice for all children and young people who are either at risk of, or have experienced sexual exploitation.

We provide a range of services all across the country, including:

  • Our London Boys and Young Men service (as the sexual exploitation of boys and young men is often overlooked).
  • Our CheckPoint service in Torbay, where we help families and young people to understand their experiences and develop strategies to stay safe from harm.

To help keep these services going, please donate today.

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We believe that every young person has the right to a safe and happy childhood. That’s why we’ve spent the last 20 years providing confidential support to young people who are at risk of, or affected by, child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Please donate today so we can continue to be there for them. On their behalf, thank you!