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Nightwatch: CSE in Plain Sight

Final evaluation report

Barnardo’s Nightwatch: ‘CSE in Plain Sight’ was funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Barnardo’s was awarded £736,154 under the DfE National Prospectus Grants Programme: Theme Four: Safeguarding policy priority: Safeguarding children from abuse or neglect. Nightwatch was launched in April 2015 and concluded at the end of March 2016. The evaluation was commissioned over the period from April 2015 to April 2016. Nightwatch has been delivered in 12 sites (14 locations): West Sussex, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Leeds, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Rotherham and Sheffield and Yorkshire (Bradford and Wakefield). The core aims of the project were defined by the DfE (2015):

‘To safeguard children and young people from child sexual exploitation (CSE) by increasing awareness of CSE among businesses and services working in the night-time economy (NTE), and by developing strategies, in co-production with these businesses and others, to identify and protect children at risk at night, and intervene early by providing advice, support, training and guidance’.The Nightwatch project emerged partly out of the experience of Barnardo’s work with sexually exploited young people, including the recent FCASE – Families and Communities against Sexual Exploitation programme (D’Arcy et al, 2015), which included community awareness raising in its approach to preventing CSE. There is limited evaluation of community awareness raising and CSE (Bostock, 2014). The Nightwatch project provides an important opportunity to address this gap and investigate how working in partnership with other agencies and organisations, including those outside the statutory and voluntary sector, can raise awareness of, and prevent, CSE.

This final evaluation report of the one-year evaluation of the ‘Nightwatch: CSE in Plain Sight’ project is produced by The International Centre: researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire. The aim has been to evaluate Nightwatch’s effectiveness in reaching and informing the NTE sector through training, guidance and community awareness raising, in order to determine strategies to protect children and young people from CSE.

This report provides an overview of the project and uses case studies to document different, localised strategies to increase ability, confidence and awareness in identifying and reporting CSE among NTE workers. For the purpose of clarity in this report, ‘worker’ will refer to NTE workers and ‘practitioner’ to Barnardo’s staff.