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Real stories

The case studies on these pages are all based on the real stories of real victims from across the UK. Names and other information has been changed to protect identities.

Real cases

As you read the case studies below, you’ll find there’s no such thing as a typical victim or a typical perpetrator.


‘CSE and Me’ – Barnardo’s help young victims of child sexual exploitation tell their stories

The young people in the video were all supported by Project Phoenix as victims of child sexual exploitation. As part of that support they received a service from Barnardo’s. In the video you will hear the young victims talking about going missing from home and how they were groomed for sexual exploitation.


Barnardo’s also has some audio case studies.

David's story

Emma's story




For support or if you're are concerned that a child has been sexually abused please contact the NSPCC 24 hour helpline.
Tel: 0808 800 5000

Front Door

If you have a concern that a child is vulnerable or at risk of significant harm please contact the Children's Front Door:
Phone: 01904 551900


If you think a child is in immediate danger contact the police on 999.