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Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation of children and young people has been difficult to identify, but is increasingly recognisable as practitioners gain more understanding of grooming and other methods of sexual exploitation, and begin to take a proactive and coordinated approach to combat this type of abuse.

This document discusses in more detail what is known about child sexual exploitation from practice and research, including information on prevalence and the impact on children and young people and their families.

It sets the context for the revised guidance and provides a definition of sexual exploitation and sets out some key principles which inform effective practice in working with children and young people who are at risk of, or are suffering, sexual exploitation.

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