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

Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme

The programme

The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme is funded by DfE, and will run until March 2022.

We are delivering this work as part of a consortium, led by Research in Practice (lead partner) and The Children’s Society

The TCE programme aims to support local areas to develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation and threats from outside the family home by:

  • Working with local areas on bespoke support projects in an evidence-informed way to enhance and improve responses to child exploitation
  • Providing an open-access website containing a range of resources, including research briefings and tools, to support local areas to develop their strategic response to extra-familial harm and child exploitation. This can be viewed at

The programme covers a range of forms of child exploitation and extra-familial harm, including child sexual exploitation and other forms of extra-familial sexual abuse, county lines and other forms of criminal exploitation, and modern slavery.

The programme will be evidence-informed, and developed with the sector, in order to reflect and build on existing knowledge and activity in this field whilst remaining alert to emerging issues. Our emphasis on harnessing and sharing sector expertise reflects our commitment to building capacity and enabling sustainable change.

The team

Dr Helen Beckett, Director of the Safer Young Lives Research Centre, is the programme lead for the University of Bedfordshire, and will be working with partners from The Children’s Society and Research in Practice to provide strategic leadership for the programme.

Alice Yeo is Head of Evidence for the programme, and will lead on developing and quality assuring the evidential basis of the programme. She will also work with colleagues from Research in Practice and The Children’s Society to provide operational oversight of the programme.

Joseph Kiff is Research Assistant on the programme, supporting Alice to deliver and quality assure the evidential arm of the work.


If you have any queries about our involvement in this project, please email Alice Yeo at and we will ensure your query reaches the right member of the team.

If you have any general queries about the programme please email


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