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University of Bedfordshire Publish Research on Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation

The University of Bedfordshire have published a report entitled ‘What’s Going on?’ into safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation.

The two-year study, by researchers Professor Sue Jago and Jenny Pearce, was based on questionnaires and interviews with 100 LSCBs across the country and found that just over a third (38) of respondents had a sub-group in place to examine the issue of child exploitation and a specialist project providing services for young people.

Their report makes 11 recommendations, including a call to carry out a review of the court processes for child sexual exploitation, training on child sexual exploitation for LSCB chairs and directors of children’s services, plus additional guidance for all child care professionals.

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BASW have established a specialist group looking at child sexual exploitation.

To join this group or for more information, please email Sue Kent at