Safer Young Lives is part of the Institute of Applied Social Research

Current Programmes and Projects

  • Learning Together: Involving children and youth in sexual abuse research. The ‘Learning Together’ project seeks to support researchers to safely and ethically involve children and young people in sexual abuse research and explore what the support needs of researchers are to help them to do this. Through conversations with researchers and young people, a suite of practice tools and other outputs will be developed to aid the implementation of ethical principles and trauma-informed approaches to research in this field. This project will run from June 2022 to October 2023. Funded by Porticus.
  • The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme is a national programme of work across England, aimed at supporting local areas to provide enhanced strategic responses to child exploitation and extra-familial threats. It is funded by the Department for Education and being delivered in partnership with Research in Practice (lead partner) and the Children’s Society.
  • Our Voices III including the Our Voices University Network is the third phase of work led by the Safer Young Lives Research Centre and co-funded by Oak Foundation. It focusses on the participation of young people impacted by child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSA/E) in research, policy and practice.
  • Imagining Resistance explores the potential of creative arts-based research methodologies to enhance our understanding of resistance amongst young people affected by interpersonal, sexual violence and abuse, including child sexual exploitation (CSE).


Safer Young Lives Research Centre
Institute of Applied Social Research
University of Bedfordshire
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