Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation

These short ‘Key Messages' bring together the current research on child sexual exploitation with implications for practice and strategic commissioning.

April 30, 2017


These ‘Key Messages’ produced by the CWASU research team for the Barnardo’s Centre of Expertise, include four tailored for specific professional groups and one for the multi-agency team.  Three are paired – with one for frontline practitioners and one for commissioners.

The aim is to increase professionals’ confidence in taking appropriate action based on the best current research evidence. Each Key Message looks at understanding what child sexual exploitation is and at best practice in supporting young people, disrupting and prosecuting offenders, and preventing CSE.

New papers focus on health and education services, and multi-agency working.

The researchers who produced these papers, alongside that task, also produced the paper Gaps in the Knowledge Base, that highlights areas where more research is particularly needed.