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Talking Child Sexual Exploitation: A study of Current Practice in London

In autumn 2013, London Councils and the London Safeguarding Children Board commissioned a team of researchers from the University of Bedfordshire to map current responses to child sexual exploitation (CSE) across London.

The study was conducted in October/November 2013. The findings are drawn from an in-depth quantitative survey (completed by 30 London boroughs and local safeguarding children boards) and eight semi-structured interviews with statutory and voluntary sector providers.

The report provides a snapshot of current responses to CSE across London, in relation to:

  • Local scoping of the issue;
  • Local policies and procedures;
  • Training and awareness raising;
  • Identification and early intervention (re. victims and perpetrators);
  • Responding to cases of CSE (re. victims and perpetrators); and
  • Overarching reflections on progress and challenges.

Download the full report - PDF 430.5 KB and summary report - PDF 221.2 KB


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