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Re-configuring services: Key drivers for adapting responses to child exploitation

By Ellie Mendez-Sayer, October 24, 2022

This paper is aimed at strategic leaders who are considering how to (re)configure services and shape system responses to tackle the fast-changing nature of child exploitation and extra-familial harm. It draws on a series of interviews that explored how some local areas have adapted their approach to tackling child exploitation, as understanding and awareness of

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Hidden and unheard: unaccompanied and separated migrant children who become trafficked in the UK

By Dr Julie Harris, Joseph Kiff, October 21, 2022

This evidence briefing considers the systemic challenges that exist in the UK in relation to identifying, protecting and responding to the needs of a group of children who remain largely unseen and poorly understood by services: unaccompanied children from abroad who are the victims of trafficking.This report is aimed at those who have responsibility for

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Birmingham Children’s Trust Parent Case Study

By Ellie Mendez-Sayer, October 18, 2022

Clair Graham is the Head of Service for Contextual Safeguarding at Birmingham Children’s Trust. The Contextual Safeguarding Service is a multi-agency partnership hub called Empower U that brings together police, health, social care, education, housing, youth offending services, licensing, youth services and the voluntary/community sector to tackle child criminal exploitation (CCE) and child sexual exploitation

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TCE Children and Young People’s Voice: Evidence Review

By Dr Isabelle Brodie, October 17, 2022

This briefing was produced as part of the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme’s Children and Young People’s Voice work. This began in October 2020 with a series of scoping activities, including a review of data gathered during TCE Programme delivery and a Twitter conversation with the sector. A review of the literature was an

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Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace): A case study

By Ellie Mendez-Sayer, May 13, 2022

Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) is a national charity that believes parents and carers should be valued as key partners in safeguarding children from exploitation. Established in 1998, Pace works to keep children and young people safe from exploitation by supporting parents and carers and by working in partnership with parents, carers, police and family

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Child exploitation and youth participation: expert interviews

By Ellie Mendez-Sayer,

This series of resources is based on interviews with professionals who hold specific skills, knowledge and experiences in the fields of participation and co-production with young people. One of the key priorities of the TCE programme this last year has been the inclusion of children and young people’s voices in strategic decision-making. The aim is

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A public health approach to violence reduction: Strategic Briefing

By Keir Irwin-Rogers, Fraser, A, November 25, 2021

Violence is a major problem for many countries around the world, including the UK. Not only can violence devastate the lives of those directly involved, but it also adversely impacts the lives of family members, friends and the wider community. Well-resourced and holistic public health approaches have the potential to generate significant and lasting reductions

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Child exploitation: definitions and language

By Dr Isabelle Brodie, November 10, 2021

This page includes a briefing that summarises the key messages and a literature review on the definition and language of child exploitation, why it matters and strategic leaders’ implications. TCE hopes it provides a starting point for discussion, and there are some questions to help you reflect on how these issues influence safeguarding practice.

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A complex challenge: responding to child victims of modern slavery and human trafficking

By Ellie Mendez-Sayer, November 10, 2021

This series of resources focuses on key issues and debates in the field of child exploitation and extra-familial harm, drawn from a series of expert interviews carried out by Ellie Mendez-Sayers, Research in Practice associate. Through the discussions with researchers and practitioners, who come from a range of fields and have different areas of expertise,

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Excluded or missing from education and child exploitation: literature review and stakeholder views on safeguarding practice

By Jenny Graham, November 5, 2021

This briefing summarises findings from a literature review and 12 stakeholder interviews about children excluded from school or missing from education and the association with child exploitation and extra-familial harm. It examines awareness and safeguarding practice around school exclusion and exploitation and highlights good practice. In particular, the role that education can play as a

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Creating a reflective space: putting Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme principles into action

By Alice Yeo, Ellie Fairgrieve,

This resource summarises the key themes from a series of discussions that took place in March 2021 with strategic leaders from a range of safeguarding and community partnerships. The purpose was to provide a reflective space for professionals to step out of the day to day busyness and consider some of the complexities associated with

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What do we really mean when we talk about effective partnership working?

By Ellie Mendez-Sayer,

This series of resources focuses on key issues and debates in the field of child exploitation and extra-familial harm, drawn from a series of expert interviews carried out by Ellie Mendez-Sayers, Research in Practice associate. Through the discussions with researchers and practitioners, who come from a range of fields and have different areas of expertise,

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Unseen? Overlooked? Stigmatised? The role faith organisations can play in tackling child exploitation

By Ellie Mendez-Sayer,

This series of resources focuses on key issues and debates in the field of child exploitation and extra-familial harm, drawn from a series of expert interviews carried out by Ellie Mendez-Sayers, Research in Practice associate. Through the discussions with researchers and practitioners, who come from a range of fields and have different areas of expertise,

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Driving systems change: Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Violence Reduction Network

By Ellie Mendez-Sayer, October 12, 2021

This series of resources focuses on key issues and debates in the field of child exploitation and extra-familial harm, drawn from a series of expert interviews carried out by Ellie Mendez-Sayers, Research in Practice associate. Through the discussions with researchers and practitioners, who come from a range of fields and have different areas of expertise,

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Using data to explore equalities, diversity and inclusion

By Rebecca Godar, September 27, 2021

In this piece, Rebecca Godar sets out a discussion on the use of data to explore disproportionality within our systems, and the need to challenge our own assumptions and biases when using data. This is a think piece exploring themes arising from data Bespoke Support Projects and Rebecca Godar’s wider work with authorities and partnerships

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Hearing Young People’s Voices – Reflective Questions for Strategic Leaders

By Nicky Hill, July 20, 2021

This resource has been developed as part of the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme in response to the increasing recognition by partners across local areas of the need for consideration by strategic leaders, how children, young people and families are engaged to inform and influence the services, support, and the responses they receive.

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