Young people who have experienced child sexual exploitation – including abuse, coercion and grooming – put their heads together to make childhood safer and society more responsive for future generations.
17 young people gathered in London in March 2017 for workshops and a special Question Time style debate, during a day-long event.
They discussed and then proposed action in three main areas; child sexual abuse [from family and trusted adults], coercion into unwanted sexual behaviour, including sexting [especially in school] and sexual grooming [especially online].
The young people described what went wrong for them, how adults and their peers reacted, their treatment by professionals, and the effect on their mental and physical wellbeing. They then came up with a set of proposals – collated into a highly personal report – which define what they believe is needed to stop or prevent abuse … and how society can respond in the best possible way when it happens.
On the day, six of the young people formed a panel and answered questions before an invited audience. The panel discussion was hosted by long-term Fixer Siobhan Pyburn  and TV personality Karen Danczuk, who are both survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
‘Fixing Child Sexual Exploitation’ is part of the Feel Happy Fix Series which brings together young people who already campaign on issues that affect their well-being, to share their insight and the lessons they have learnt.