A study exploring how young people understand consent to sexual activity

March 11, 2013


This research project was designed to inform the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG). The purpose of the research and the Inquiry it informed, was to promote children’s rights to protection from sexual exploitation in accordance with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child which states that every child shall be protected from all forms exploitation, victimisation and abuse and receive help.

The research has three strands: an online survey; focus groups in schools and individual interviews with young people using services outside of the school setting. Across all of them CWASU used a series of short videos, acted by young people, as prompts for discussion.