9 Aug 2017

Responding to the convictions, Dr Krutika Pau, Children & Families Director at The Children’s Society, said:

“These convictions would not have been possible without the incredible courage shown by the victims in speaking out about the terrible abuse they suffered.

“Child sexual exploitation is a brutal crime, and for victims and survivors the trauma can live on for years. It is vital that support for victims does not end with a prosecution, whatever the outcome. There is a real need for support to be made available for all young people who have suffered such appalling abuse, so that they can recover from the ordeal they have experienced.

“There is still a lot of work to be done to tackle this horrific crime. Thousands of children are at risk of sexual exploitation up and down the country, and it can happen to any child, in any community. There needs to be greater awareness, both among professionals and within communities, so that the warning signs can be spotted and action taken to protect children and young people at the earliest opportunity.”

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Notes to editor

  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.
  • In the North East, The Children’s Society’s SCARPA team provides targeted support to young people who go missing or are at risk of sexual exploitation in Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead. Sunderland, South Tyneside and Northumberland. They help young people make better choices and develop resilience, so that they can exit situations of exploitation, reduce risky behaviour and stop going missing. During 2015-2016, SCARPA directly supported almost 600 children and young people and trained nearly 500 professionals to give them better awareness of the risks of child sexual exploitation