Friday 18th March marks Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2018. Child sexual exploitation is a very serious and very sensitive subject. It is a type of sexual abuse where children are used for money, criminal status and power.
Children may be tricked into believing they are in a consensual relationship, or they may be invited to parties where they are given drugs and alcohol or they may be groomed online.
Children who are being sexually exploited may not realise what is happening to them. Often a level of trust is built between them and their abuser, other times they might be rewarded for performing sex acts. When a child begins to understand the situation they are in the abuser may become violent and the child may subsequently be frightened to speak out. As such - child sexual exploitation is very hard to spot and very hard for the child to get out of.
It is important that you know how to recognise the signs that suggest a child may be being exploitated, take a look at the leaflets below from Barnados to help you spot and prevent child sexual exploitation.