The work of the University of Bedfordshire's International Center Research child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking

The International Centre within the University of Bedfordshire was established in order to inicrease understanding of and improving responses to, child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking in local, national and international contexts. They conduct rigorous academic research, collaborate on applied social research, disseminate research findings, evidence, policy and practice. They are engaging with children and young people in a meaningful and ethical way.

Their recent blog post introduces what they call "Research Summary Slide Pack" - which provides summaries of 30 different pieces of research. From the slides you can understand the key themes that emerge across multiple projects but also can have an overview of the work of the International Centre. 

Projects included in Edition 2.

Reviews of Policy and Practice

What’s going on to safeguard children from CSE? How local partnerships respond to sexual exploitation – 2011
Exploring the scale and nature of child sexual exploitation in Scotland – 2012
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: A study of current practice in London – 2014
Mapping therapeutic services for sexual abuse in the UK – 2015
CSE Definition and Practitioner Briefing Paper – Scotland- 2016
Child sexual exploitation: Definition & Guide for Professionals: Extended Text England- 2017
Rapid Evidence Assessments of outreach, direct work and prevention education in relation to CSE – 2017

Criminal Justice System and Policing

A scoping exercise on gathering evidence of the sexual exploitation of children – 2008
Suffering in Silence: Children and unreported crime – 2014
Making Justice Work: the experiences of victims and witnesses in CSE cases – 2015
Research Briefings on CSA, Neglect, and Policing – 2015
Children and young people’s perspectives on the police’s role in safeguarding -ˇ 2016

Participation and Service Users

Challenging sexual violence in Europe: participatory methods with children -2012
‘Our Voices’ Youth Advisor consultation on sexual violence prevention in Europe – 2015
Responding sensitively to survivors of child sexual abuse -2016
Evaluation of Co-Created Service Delivery Model for Adult Survivors Of CSA – 2016
The participation of young people in child sexual exploitation services – 2016

Forms of Abuse

Breaking the wall of silence: Practitioners’ responses to trafficked children – 2009
‘It’s wrong but you get used to it’ Gang associated sexual exploitation/violence of young people in England – 2013
Developing local responses to peer-on-peer abuse, MSU site work – 2016


Barnardo’s Safe Accommodation Project Evalaution – 2013
Barnardo’s Safe Choices/PSNI Co-located Pilot Initiative Evaluation – 2014
Families and Communities Against Child Sexual Exploitation Evaluation – 2015
The Alexi Project: Evaluating a new model of tackling CSE across England – 2015
The AVA project Evaluation (addressing domestic and sexual violence) – 2016
Nightwatch: CSE in Plain Sight Evaluation- 2016

Looked After Children

Scoping study into safe accommodation for children in care at risk or victims of trafficking or sexual exploitation – 2011


Read the Research Summary Slide Pack

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