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Wigan and Rochdale Child Sexual Exploitation Innovation Project: Evaluation report

Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme Evaluation Report 26

The Wigan and Rochdale Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Innovations Project is a partnership between Wigan and Rochdale local authorities, Greater Manchester Phoenix CSE Project, the Children’s Society and Research in Practice, on behalf of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. It has aimed to address the problem of too many young people affected by sexual exploitation being placed in high cost or secure accommodation that was not always meeting their needs.

The project was designed in three phases:

1) a programme of action research to understand more about the problem identified, especially the journeys of young people affected;

2) co-design of a new pilot service, involving young people, parentsorcarers, social workers and key agencies; and

3) implementation of the pilot service to work across Wigan and Rochdale, and a cost-benefit analysis of its impact. Learning from the pilot was intended to lead to the adoption of more effective ways of working in each authority, with the longer-term goal of replicating best practice across Greater Manchester.