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The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking
University of Bedfordshire
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Current Projects

  • Learning from the experts young people’s perspectives on how we can support healthy child development after sexual abuse. This is a participatory action research project focusing on supporting mental health and wellbeing after sexual abuse in adolescence.
  • The Alexi Project evaluation of the Hub and Spoke model of CSE service development
  • UNESCO Network Working with international partners to prevent sexual violence against children
  • The RISE Learning Network aims to promote and facilitate learning on recovery and reintegration (R&R) approaches that improve outcomes for children and adolescents affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE).
  • Contextual Safeguarding Programme Developing contextual responses to the abuse and exploitation of young people
  • Policy: Guidance and Definitions The International Centre has been commissioned to develop practice guidance and support the development of policy definitions of CSE.
  • Being Heard collecting and reviewing international evidence on young people’s involvement in research on sexual violence – including a consideration of the meaning, purpose, challenges and opportunities of doing so.
  • Our Voices Too working with children, young people and professionals in Europe to develop a strengths-based approach to addressing sexual violence
Bedfordshire University

Current Projects