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Research in Practice - Working effectively to address Child Sexual Exploitation: Evidence scope (2017)

A free to view evidence scope carried out for the Greater Manchester partnership which contains an overview of the latest evidence relating to CSE which was first published in September 2015 by Jan Webb and Dez Holmes and then updated in October 2017 by Jessica Eaton and Dez Holmes to reflect new evidence and practice wisdom.

University of Bedfordshire - Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking

The International Centre at the University of Bedfordshire is committed to increasing understanding of, and improving responses to, child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking in local, national and international contexts.

Cardiff University - Cascade Academic research

The Cardiff University recently published the results of a CASCADE study entitled ‘Problems and solutions to CSE from the perspective of young people and professionals,’ with nine young people with experiences of CSE, and 25 professionals.

Health Education England - Spotting the signs of CSE

A new training video aimed at helping health and social care professionals, such as school nurses and community pharmacists, to spot possible signs of CSE has recently been launched by Health Education England in association with the Department of Health and NHS England.

The National Working Group (NWG)

The NWG links professionals involved in creating the best response for children and young people (and their families) who have become subjected to abuse and exploitation. The National Working Group drew together all of the recommendations from the various report that have been written by government departments, SCRs, charities and others into a single resource, this can be viewed here.

In 2013 the NWG published the results of a grassroots survey with health professionals with regard to their experiences of working with CSE, see it here.


The NSPCC has produced a summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice based on published serious case reviews.


  • Download a useful information sheet outlining the health impacts of CSE here.
  • Read the 2013 report from Barnardo’s on the exploitation of runaways called, ‘Running away from hate to what you think is love,’ here.
  • A report outlining the findings of a Parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of legislation for tackling CSE and trafficking in the UK, April 2014. More here
  • ‘Gendered perceptions, what professionals say about the exploitation of boys and young men in the UK,’ a report published in August 2014 by Barnardo’s, read the results of 50 interviews here.
  • At the end of 2015 Barnardo’s published a report in conjunction with the Marie Collins Foundation entitled ‘Digital Dangers.’ The report explores the impact of technology on the abuse and exploitation of children and young people, read it here.


In September 2016 Ofsted published a report on the outcomes of the first CSE themed joint inspections in a report entitled Time to listen.

Local practice examples

  • View a range of useful ‘it’s not okay’ campaign resources from Project Phoenix, the growing Greater Manchester partnership seeking to tackle the exploitation of children and young people.
  • Chatback Productions and Dudley MBC have produced a video called ‘Anybody’s Child,’ as part of a regional CSE awareness campaign. Visit the new ‘See me, hear me’ website to watch it.
  • The Oxfordshire County Council report “Action taken in response to Child Sexual exploitation and issues identified in the Serious Case Review of Children A-F” can be viewed here.

Central government response

  • Download the latest national CSE action plan (2011) from the Department for Education website here
  • CSE pathway - the CSE pathway has now been published to the DoH website, and can be accessed here
  • A report on CSE by an independent group chaired by the DoH, it focused on improving outcomes for children by promoting effective engagement with health services and staff. More here. A short executive summary of this DoH report can be found here
  • The Home Office launched the Centre for Expertise on CSA in 2016. The centre regularly publishes reports and reviews to assist practitioners, more
  • The Department for Education launched a ‘CSE response unit,’ this is operated by the NWG, find out more here.

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