Stop It Before It Starts

Who We Are

Stop it Before it Starts is a pioneering early intervention CSE service based in three areas of London.  Historically unseen and even unheard, young people experiencing CSE are rarely recognised until it is too late. You can learn more about Child Sexual Exploitation and Barnardo's work on our CSE Hub.

What We Do

This two-pronged innovative service aims to:

  • Raise awareness of CSE within the Voluntary and Community Sector and increase their capacity to recognise the signs of CSE and how to respond and safeguard all young people. This in-depth 4-6 week programme will be adapted for each organization’s own individual needs and own specialism. This provision will include up-skilling staff and volunteers who work with children, young people and families.

  • Provide a new CSE early intervention service for young people across these boroughs. This specialist intervention will provide these young people with the skills and know-how to understand CSE and in particular how their vulnerabilities could lead to exploitation by others

Our three services each specialize in one particular area.

Barking and Dagenham

Young People with Autism and Learning disabilities


Young males affected by CSE and their families.


Young People who are part of cultural or faith groups.