This week we have taken a big step forward in the campaign for the introduction of new prevention powers for police to put a stop to the sexual exploitation of…read more →
SIGN UP TO FIGHT CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
The CHILDHOOD LOST Campaign is calling for 6 steps to stop childhood sex exploitation: STEP…read more →
WHAT IS CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION? Child sexual exploitation is when one or more adults misuse…read more →
STEP 1. PREVENTION
Currently there are three court orders (SOPOs, ROSHOs and FTOs) designed to prevent known sexual…read more →
STEP 2. EARLY INTERVENTION
MAKE SURE LOCAL SERVICES WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT VICTIMS BY SETTING UP SPECIALIST CENTRES The…read more →
STEP 3. GETTING SENTENCING RIGHT
GIVE JUDGES SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON SENTENCING COMPLEX CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION CASES AND TRAFFICKING OFFENCES The…read more →
STEP 4. PROTECTING WITNESSES
REFORM COURTS SO THAT VERY VULNERABLE WITNESSES IN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CASES ARE BETTER SUPPORTED…read more →
STEP 5. ACCOUNTABILITY
GIVE THE EDUCATION SECRETARY THE POWER TO ORDER THE PUBLICATION OF SERIOUS CASE REVIEWS Child…read more →
STEP 6. SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS
END POSTCODE LOTTERY OF SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION Victims of child sexual…read more →
Petition the prime minister here
Petition the prime minister here
Hidden in plain view within their communities, thousands of vulnerable children across the UK are being cynically targeted, groomed and subjected to appalling sexual abuse. These children have irrevocably lost their childhood.
As an Oxford MP, I saw for myself the appalling devastation caused by child sexual exploitation when it emerged that a violent gang had been grooming and sexually abusing children in Oxford for at least eight years. The victims spoke of being plied with hard drugs, beaten and repeatedly raped by strangers.
Unbelievably though this case is not unique. This year there were 18,915 sexual crimes against children. At least 16,500 children are at risk of sexual exploitation. We have to get better at protecting the victims and prosecuting the perpetrators.
That it why, with the support of the NSPCC, Barnardos, The Children’s Society, PACE, ECPAT, Save the Children, Oxcat and others, I am launching the CHILDHOOD LOST campaign calling for better protection, support and justice for the victims.
The CHILDHOOD LOST Campaign calls for six steps to stop child sexual exploitation:
STEP 1: Introduce new Child Sexual Abuse Prevention orders so police can prevent child sexual abuse
STEP 2: Make sure local areas set up the specialist child sexual exploitation centres needed to identify & protect victims
STEP 3: Give judges clear guidance on sentencing complex child sexual exploitation cases
STEP 4: Reform courts so that very vulnerable witnesses in child sexual abuse cases are no longer traumatised by giving evidence
STEP 5: Give the Education Secretary the power to order the publication of Serious Case Reviews
STEP 6: End the postcode lottery of support for victims of child sexual exploitation
‘Please sign the petition and add your voice to those of us calling for action to drive child sexual exploitation from our communities.’
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
Just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who has signed the petition so far. Thanks also to all those who have sent through individual email messages to…read more →
“Child sexual exploitation is a truly dreadful crime. As well as rooting out and prosecuting the perpetrators, it is vital we get better at identifying, rescuing and supporting the victims…read more →