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

CSE and Policing Knowledge Hub

The International Centre, together with the National Policing Lead for Child Protection and Abuse Investigation, received funding from the College of Policing and HEFCE Knowledge Fund to develop a knowledge hub to support policing responses to child sexual exploitation (CSE), other forms of sexual abuse and associated vulnerabilities in adolescence.

This work brought together academics, young people and the police, along with other relevant professionals, to improve the use of evidence in police responses to young people affected by CSE, other forms of CSA and associated vulnerabilities.

This programme ran from late 2015 to March 2017. It aimed to:

  • Improve links between policing and academia;
  • Communicate the existing evidence base on CSE, other forms of CSA and associated vulnerabilities to police and relevant partners;
  • Support police to develop and use research evidence in their work, with a particular focus on ‘what works’ in policing responses to these issues;
  • Facilitate dialogue between police and other professionals, and police and young people affected by these issues, as to how police responses could be improved.

Please see or please contact Debra Allnock at if you would like any further information on this project.


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