This report relates to children with learning disabilities and also includes young people with ASC and/or ADHD.
The key findings are:
– Young people with learning disabilities are vulnerable to CSE due to factors that include overprotection, social isolation and society refusing to view them as sexual beings
– Lack of awareness of the sexual exploitation of young people with learning disabilities among professionals also contributes to their vulnerability
– There are gaps in national policy and a lack of implementation of current guidance
– Young people with learning disabilities are often not specifically considered in local multi-agency arrangements for CSE, which has implications for whether those experiencing or at risk of CSE are identified or receive support
– Young people with learning disabilities can face a number of challenges to disclosing CSE, including the negative responses of professionals
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