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Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)

Who are Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)?

Pace works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. They offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family.

78% of parents can’t identify all the key signs of child sexual exploitation – YouGov 2013

Take a look at the PACE website for more information about their work.

Pace have published a new booklet

Pace have published a new booklet for parents experiencing child sexual exploitation.

Written in partnership with parents who have experienced the hardship of CSE, Keeping it Together: a parent’s guide to coping with child sexual exploitation provides information and guidance on some of the practical and emotional issues faced when caring for a sexually exploited child on a day-to-day basis.

The booklet explores theories on what happens to the parent-child bond when a child is exploited, and offers strategies used by other parents to maintain some sort of daily routine and care for other non-affected family members.

The booklet also provides information on accessing specialist support, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and explores temporary accommodation options if it becomes unsafe for your child to remain at home. Drawing on parents’ firsthand experiences, it also looks at what parents can do to manage their own health, work life and relationships during periods of extreme stress.

The booklet can be downloaded from PACE. Or to order copies by post, please email

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ParentPort is run by the UK’s media regulators. They set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.Through this website parents can make a complaint and share views.

If you have seen any media material that you have found concerning visit the ParentPort website here.

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You can print of and use the Pace Poster where you feel is appropriate.

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The e-learning Course

Knowing what to look for is an important way you can help to protect children. Pace and the Safeguarding Children e-Academy have teamed up to provide a short (20-30mins) online course.

This course will help you to:

  • Understand child sexual exploitation
  • Find out how to spot the signs
  • Know who to report any concerns to


Special Report: Are Parents in the Picture?

Pace is pleased to announce the publication of a survey report undertaken by YouGov that has been commissioned through a partnership of Pace and Virtual College’s Safeguarding Children e-Academy. This survey is one of the first comprehensive looks at what professionals and parents are saying about child sexual exploitation, including views on prevention, victims and perpetrators, the role of technology, and the engagement of parents as safeguarders.

The report, “Are Parents in the Picture? Professional and parental perspectives of child sexual exploitation,” includes responses from 750 parents and 945 professionals made up of teachers (510), the police (209) and social workers (226).