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Underprotected, Overprotected - Child Sexual Exploitation and Young People with Learning Disabilities


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Unprotected, Overprotected: Children with learning disabilities at risk of sexual exploitation 

Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) than other children, facing additional barriers to their protection and to receiving support, new research published in September 2015 revealed.  

The report, ‘Unprotected, Overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of sexual exploitation', was commissioned by Comic Relief, and undertaken by Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, BILD, Paradigm Research and Coventry University.

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The ‘Unprotected, Overprotected’ Child Sexual Exploitation and Learning Disabilities Training Programme

Comic Relief commissioned Barnardos, BILD and Paradigm Research to develop a one day training programme to support professionals to improve responses to children and young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation (CSE) that can be freely downloaded. This training will ensure that professionals are better informed about CSE and learning disabilities leading to improved multidisciplinary working and sharing of skills and knowledge.

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Helping Ourselves Prevent Exploitation - The HOPE Project 

HOPE is an exciting new project that recruits, trains and supports peer mentors with learning disabilities to provide awareness training about sexual exploitation.  

The initiative is co-funded by the Daphne programme of the European Union that encourages multi-agency cooperation to address violence against women and children.

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