The research was commissioned by the Office of the Children's
Commissioner for England as part of its Inquiry into Child Sexual
Exploitation in Gangs and Groups. The research aimed to consider:
- the scale and nature of gang-associated sexual violence and exploitation in six areas of England;
- the main pathways into gang-related sexual violence and exploitation for young people living in these neighbourhoods; and
- potential models for an effective multi-agency response to the issue.
research took place between 2011 and 2013 in six different research
sites. Following an initial literature and policy review, individual
interviews and focus groups were conducted with 188 young people and 76
professionals from across the different sites.
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