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Published on March 5th, 2012 | by Natalie Hodgson
Image © On February 27th Tim Loughton, the children's minister, was reported to have claimed child sexual exploitation is a hidden issue at a conference in Manchester. He said the government was committed to reducing the number of children and young people who fall victim to abuse but admitted it was slow progress, local communities are failing to collate information about the extent of their problems. Ann Marie Carrie, chief executive of Barnardo's, commented on how the awareness of child sexual exploitation is at the level of awareness domestic violence was at 20 years ago. The charity Barnardo's has had a campaign running for over a year called 'Cut them free' and they are not the only charity working to reduce child sexual exploitation, CROP - Coalition for the Removal of Pimping is the only UK charity to specialise in child sexual exploitation victims and their families. The unfortunate reality, it seems, is charities are the ones who do the most work when it comes to child sexual abuse - even now when charities are facing funding issues they are the ones dealing with the child sexual abuse business. Now I am not blaming social workers or the police, for they are between a rock and a hard place so to speak. Not only are their resources limited, there is a national shortage of social workers,they also come under close scrutiny in the media and can be damned if they do or damned if they don't. It is similar to what I mention in my blog on Midwives; understaffed, overworked, often ill from all he stress, lots of red tape and not much respect for the difficult job they do. When dealing with such situations they have to go on the information given, and the decisions of superiors. In addition the victims can be unwilling to talk about what is happening to them and others involved may hinder their work, if the police make an error in any way they can be publicly crucified.

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Child sexual exploitation is a ‘hidden issue’ in the UK

On February 27th Tim Loughton, the children’s minister, was reported to have claimed child sexual exploitation is a hidden issue at a conference in Manchester. He said the government was committed to reducing the number of children and young people who fall victim to abuse but admitted it was slow progress, local communities are failing to collate information about the extent of their problems. Ann Marie Carrie, chief executive of Barnardo’s, commented on how the awareness of child sexual exploitation is at the level of awareness domestic violence was at 20 years ago.

The charity Barnardo’s has had a campaign running for over a year called ‘Cut them free’ and they are not the only charity working to reduce child sexual exploitation, CROP – Coalition for the Removal of Pimping is the only UK charity to specialise in child sexual exploitation victims and their families. The unfortunate reality, it seems, is charities are the ones who do the most work when it comes to child sexual abuse – even now when charities are facing funding issues they are the ones dealing with the child sexual abuse business.

Now I am not blaming social workers or the police, for they are between a rock and a hard place so to speak. Not only are their resources limited, there is a national shortage of social workers,they also come under close scrutiny in the media and can be damned if they do or damned if they don’t. It is similar to what I mention in my blog on Midwives; understaffed, overworked, often ill from all he stress, lots of red tape and not much respect for the difficult job they do. When dealing with such situations they have to go on the information given, and the decisions of superiors. In addition the victims can be unwilling to talk about what is happening to them and others involved may hinder their work, if the police make an error in any way they can be publicly crucified.

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