Boys Think Girls are Toys?: An evaluation of the nia project prevention programme on sexual exploitation

July 15, 2011

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An evaluation of a prevention programme focussing on sexual exploitation for both young people and professionals. The programme was delivered across London by the nia project, in partnership with the Children’s Society from September 2007 to December 2010, with three broad aims:

– To increase the number of young people at risk of being abused through sexual exploitation accessing appropriate support;
– To increase the number of professionals that are able to identify young people at risk of sexual exploitation and take appropriate action;
– To increase the number of agencies aware of the issue and able to address it.

Recommendations from the evaluation include: the integration of sexual exploitation prevention work in schools/youth settings, and training for a range of professionals, commissioned by Local Safeguarding Children Boards and delivered by specialised organisations.