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Child Sexual Abuse

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Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children (by UNICEF)



The report sheds light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, with global figures and data from 190 countries. Where relevant, data are disaggregated by age and sex, to provide insights into risk and protective factors.



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  • Running from hate to what you think is love: The relationship between running away and child sexual exploitation
    Running from hate to what you think is love: The relationship between running away and child sexual exploitation by Emilie Smeaton
    This report focuses on different cases of sexual exploitation on children. The report has a strong background information, with true examples. It tries to identify the problem of disappearance due to abuse.
  • The Tragedy and Horror of Human Trafficking of Children and Youth.
    The Tragedy and Horror of Human Trafficking of Children and Youth. by Betz, C. L
    The extent to which children and youth are trafficked is difficult to estimate because these victims are hidden, silenced and forced to endure continued abuse creating fear and submissiveness. The estimates of children who are trafficking victims range from 600,000 to over 2 million.
  • Improving & Monitoring Protection Systems Against Child Trafficking and Exploitation/ TRANSITIONAL ANALYSIS
    Improving & Monitoring Protection Systems Against Child Trafficking and Exploitation/ TRANSITIONAL ANALYSIS by Daja Wenke
    The IMPACT study notes that child rights violation also persists in Europe, despite the body of international, regional and national legal instruments adopted across the region to prohibit the practice and assist child victims
  • Missing : Persons and Politics
    Missing : Persons and Politics by Jennifer Ann Edkins
    In Missing, Jenny Edkins highlights stories from a range of circumstances that shed light on this critical tension: the aftermath of World War II, when millions in Europe were displaced; the period following the fall of the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan in 2001 and the bombings in London in 2005; searches for military personnel missing in action; the thousands of political "disappearances" in Latin America; and in more quotidian circumstances where people walk out on their families and disappear of their own volition.
  • Running the Risks: The links between gang involvement and young people going missing
    Running the Risks: The links between gang involvement and young people going missing by Rachel Sturrock and Lucy Holmes
    The UK Missing Persons Bureau estimates that as many as 160,000 children and young people are reported missing every year. Research from the Children’s Society over the past decade has shed some light on this issue and the recent spotlight on CSE has pushed the issue of children and young people going missing up the political agenda. However, the link between gang involvement and going missing from home is still very much unknown, with no specific research or national data collected indicating how many are affected.
  • Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action
    Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action by UNICEF
    Provides evidence of effective programmes to address violence against children drawn from UNICEF's decades of experience, and informed by key partners.
  • Global status report on violence prevention 2014
    Global status report on violence prevention 2014 by Alexander Butchart and Christopher Mikton
    This report focuses on interpersonal violence, which is violence that occurs between family members, intimate partners, friends, acquaintances and strangers, and includes child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence and elder abuse.
  • Commercial child sexual exploitation online
    Commercial child sexual exploitation online by Anon
    Youtube video actors providing real statement s by a victim and an abuser, of child sexual abuse
  • Keeping mother alive: Psychotherapy with a teenage mother following human trafficking
    Keeping mother alive: Psychotherapy with a teenage mother following human trafficking by Kleinschmidt, L
    Describes therapy with an adolescent girl and her infant daughter, following the girl's escape from illegal detention, physical abuse and forced prostitution, after she was trafficked to the UK from Eastern Europe.
  • An exploratory model of girl's vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation in prostitution
    An exploratory model of girl's vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation in prostitution by Joan A. Reid
    Study utilising modelling to explore: whether caregiver strain is linked to child maltreatment, if experiencing maltreatment is associated with risk-inflating behaviours or sexual denigration of self/others, and if these behavioural and psychosocial dysfunctions are related to vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Missing and Exploited Children
    Missing and Exploited Children by M. Alexis Kennedy
    Children who leave home as runaways or are forced from their homes without alternative placements (thrownaways) are at great risk for being sexually exploited through commercial sexual activity or prostitution.
  • No One Runs Away For No Reason: Understanding Safeguarding Issues When Children and Young People Go Missing From Home
    No One Runs Away For No Reason: Understanding Safeguarding Issues When Children and Young People Go Missing From Home by L Hill, J Taylor, F Richards, S Reddington
    Paper exploring the safeguarding concerns and responses for children and young people who run away or go missing from home
  • Falling Through the Gaps: Safeguarding Children Trafficked into the UK
    Falling Through the Gaps: Safeguarding Children Trafficked into the UK by Bokhari, F
    Overview of child trafficking in the UK. Highlights the shortcomings and inconsistent standards of local authorities, the lack of specialist protection and the uncertainty of a trafficked child's immigration status, combining to make these children vulnerable to further harm and at risk from the influence of their traffickers.
  • Kids as Commodities? Child trafficking and what to do about it
    Kids as Commodities? Child trafficking and what to do about it by Mike Dottridge
    Report focusing on what NGOs can do, with the intention of showing them what techniques there are agreement on, and what need further discussion.
  • Still in Harm's Way: An update report on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK
    Still in Harm's Way: An update report on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK by ECPAT UK and Missing People
    Following on from their ground-breaking 2016 report Heading Back to Harm, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have revisited the issue using 2017 data to assess what has changed. This report shows that trafficked and unaccompanied children are still going missing from care at an alarmingly high rate.
  • Trafficking in Women and Children for Sexual Purposes: A Growing Threat in Europe
    Trafficking in Women and Children for Sexual Purposes: A Growing Threat in Europe by Manion, K
    Presents and summarises sources of information regarding the trafficking of women and children for sexual purposes within Europe. Highlights the need for education of social care professionals regarding this issue and shows the current gaps within the system.
  • Becoming Sweetie: a novel approach to stopping the global rise of Webcam Child Sex Tourism
    Becoming Sweetie: a novel approach to stopping the global rise of Webcam Child Sex Tourism by Anon
    Terre des Hommes Netherlands' four researchers identified 1,000 predators in 10 weeks. Call for all government agencies in charge of justice to identify and convict 100,000 predators committing the crime of WCST before the end of 2014
  • Whose child now? Fifteen years of working to prevent the sexual exploitation of children in the UK
    Whose child now? Fifteen years of working to prevent the sexual exploitation of children in the UK by Stacey, L.
    Report exploring the continuing hidden nature of the problem of sexually exploited children and describes what Barnardo's is doing today, while suggesting what action still remains to be taken to further protect exploited children and young people.
  • The value of crime scripting: deconstructing internal child sex trafficking
    The value of crime scripting: deconstructing internal child sex trafficking by Brayley, H., Cockbain, E., & Laycock, G
    Explores how Crime Scripting can benefit crime investigations. This method has recently been used for investigations regarding child sex trafficking.



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