Apps to help you help teenagers – No.2… WudU?

Engaging young people is tricky at times. But engaging them about sexual exploitation is another thing again!

But recent news stories like the Rotherham scandal illustrate just how important it is for us to try…

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But what can we – you and me – possibly do to stop scandals like Rotherham? Well, maybe harnessing the power of mobile technology will help? After all, young people today are the digital generation

An app to address Child Sexual Exploitation – really?…

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Child sexual exploitation: what you need to know…

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The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSE) is widespread.

The impact on children of being coerced into sexual activity as a form of exchange, is devastating. It causes long term damage to health, educational, social and emotional well-being.

All those working with troubled young people need to have some basic knowledge about commercial sexual exploitation.

So what exactly is CSE and what can we do about it?…

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Barnardo’s Studying Girls Who Sexually Abuse Others…

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Today the BBC website published news of a study being undertaken by Barnardo’s Cymru Taith Service.  The Service, which provides assessment and interventions for children and young people aged 8-18 with sexual behaviour problems, has secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund to research how the problem effect girls specifically.

Previous research has primarily focussed on work with adult male offenders; however, in recent years studies have been conducted into adolescent males and, more recently, adult women who offend sexually.  To date, however, girls have been left out.  The Taith study hopes to contribute to future assessment and treatment paradigms and to influence policy concerning this important but minority group.

© Jonny Matthew 2013