Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation - National Action Plan (UK)

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The vast majority of children in this country grow up safe from harm. However, the Barnardo’s report "Puppet on a string: the urgent need to cut children free from sexual exploitation", published in January 2011, was a wake-up call. It emphasised that children are being sexually exploited here and now and that this appalling form of child abuse is more prevalent than most people The Barnardo’s report called for a national action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation

This action plan recognises that far too few LSCBs are implementing existing guidance effectively and that awareness of child sexual exploitation remains low among young people and their parents and carers. Progress is also hampered because many incidents go unreported, as victims are reluctant to come forward – or possibly unaware of the extent or implications of their abuse. The action plan acknowledges that there is nonetheless existing good practice which needs to be shared. The action plan highlights areas where more needs to be done, and sets out specific actions which Government, local agencies and voluntary and community sector partners need to take, or already have underway, to address this horrific form of abuse. This will help to ensure that the wide range of work currently taking place on child sexual exploitation is complementary and comprehensive.

To read the full action plan, please click here.