Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where the young person receives ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of the young person performing sexual activities or having sexual activities performed on them by another.
Child exploitation takes many forms, including sexual activity with a child by one or many adults, child pornography and pornography on the Internet. The vast majority of children do not get involved voluntarily; they are coerced, enticed, threatened or are utterly desperate.
Child pornography has devastating effects on children, both on those who are exploited in the actual pictures and those who view it. Exploitative adults will encourage children to view child pornography, which leads them to see pornographic acts as acceptable and normal. This acceptance can make them more susceptible to being the subject of future sexual involvement. Children abused through sexual exploitation are victims of sexual abuse. Unfortunately these victims often become recruiters themselves, in order to support themselves or to escape from the life they lead, they get involved in drugs and petty crime.
Internet-related child exploitation is now also a major cause for concern. Remember that as you or your child moves through the Internet, you leave information about yourself. Learn how to say safe online. Become computer literate and get to know the services your child uses. Establish some Internet safety rules with your child.
Local police and social services have small specialist teams who are specially trained to interview children with the support of their parents.
- Staffordshire First Response is a service for children in Staffordshire who don’t currently have a dedicated Social Worker. Call them free on 0800 1313 126 from 8am – 8pm Monday-Friday or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stoke-on-Trent Children and Young People Services: 01782235100
- Social Services Children’s Advice: 01274 437500
- Staffordshire Police: 101, Emergency: 999
- Chat Danger: www.chatdanger.com
- Childnet International: www.childnet-int.org
- NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
- Childline: 0800 11 11
- Barnardos: www.barnardos.org.uk – 0121 550 5271
Staffordshire Victims Gateway
For advice and support call us on:
Tel: 0330 0881 339
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