Child exploitation is when a child is involved in forced or dangerous labour, child trafficking, child prostitution or sexual abuse, usually in homes, restaurants, factories or on farms.  The children involved are usually denied the right to attend school or build friendships and are often separated from their families and friends, thereby increasing their vulnerability.  This increased vulnerability can lead to serious physical or sexual harm as well as addiction to drugs or alcohol.  The psychological and emotional damage caused can be devastating and can lead to self-harm, severe depression or even suicide.

In order to reduce the risk to children, a close and positive relationship with your child enables them to have high self-esteem and makes them feel good about themselves which can, in turn, stop them falling into abusive relationships.  Make yourself aware of the risks of the internet and understand the informed choices which can be made online.  The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre delivers a multi-agency service which is dedictaed to tackling the issue of exploitation of children.

All children have a right to be safe from harm.