Sex abuse isn’t just an issue in someone else’s school

All school staff should be aware of the warning signs of sexual exploitation – and they must never fall into the trap of believing that ‘it’s not happening here’

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There are children in your schools right now who are being sexually exploited, and even more who are at risk. Don’t delude yourself – it happens everywhere and all the time. Children of all ages, genders, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds are targeted.

Of course, some children are more at risk than others. According to a report by the children’s commissioner, those who are homeless, have suffered a recent bereavement or loss, are in care, are a young carer or have low self-esteem are more vulnerable than others (see bit.ly/CCabuse).

According to the NHS, girls are six times more ...

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