Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: A Study of Current Practice in London
1. In autumn 2013, London Councils and the London Safeguarding Children Board commissioned a team of researchers from the University of Bedfordshire to map current responses to child sexual exploitation (CSE) across London.
2. The study was conducted in October/November 2013. The findings are drawn from an in-depth quantitative survey (completed by 30 London boroughs and local safeguarding children boards) and eight semi-structured interviews with statutory and voluntary sector providers.
3. The report provides a snapshot of current responses to CSE across London, in relation to:
• Local scoping of the issue;
• Local policies and procedures;
• Training and awareness raising;
• Identification and early intervention (re. victims and perpetrators);
• Responding to cases of CSE (re. victims and perpetrators); and
• Overarching reflections on progress and challenges.
4. Although there is still much progress to be made, the report encouragingly demonstrates that significant work is underway within this field, with pertinent learning emerging from a number of different boroughs.