In response to a rise in the number child sexual exploitation cases being referred to Barnado’s in London, the charity has launched an urgent appeal for money and support.
Libby Fry, the Assistant Director for Barnado’s, joined Headline London to discuss the recent findings. She said: “London definitely has a major problem with child sexual exploitation.”
She added: “It has taken quite a frustratingly long time for local authorities to really be able to acknowledge the damage that is done to children’s lives.
“In Barnado’s, we’ve been working on this for 20 years.”
Victims Barnado’s help can be as young as 11-years-old.
Ms Fry described the children she has seen come to the charity, saying: “When you see the children who come to be involved in our work, very often they are very small, very skinny, very under nourished, very neglected. Haven’t been helped or supported properly in school. They’re the group of children that you might think are going to be picked on for bullying - they often are. They’ve not had enough care or attention.”