Barnardo’s have said that they are in desperate need of funding. This is to help cope with the 169 per cent increase of children as young as 10 years old seeking help for sexual exploitation. The charity has asked for a £500,000 funding injection to help its experts provide support, after providing help to over 3,000 vulnerable children in 2015.
In 2010, the number of children needing help and support from the charity was 1,190. For 2015, the figure is more than double. The charity warns that they are “finding victims everywhere”.
Chief executive, Javed Khan said that widespread publicity of high-profile sex abuse cases have helped to raise awareness, however the charity urgently needs more funds to give children the support they need.
While Khan continued to explain how child sexual exploitation cases in the UK have raised awareness about this abuse and how this has led to better identification of victims and children at risk, everywhere they go, the charity continues to…