Developing a Local Response, Statistical Information & Data, Understanding & Using Local Data, Understanding the evidence about exploitation

Using data intelligently to understand child exploitation (Part 1 of 7)

Child exploitation is an evolving concept, and policy and practice are developing alongside the knowledge and evidence base. While there have been a range of definitions of the different types of exploitation in recent years, the connections and relationships between the types of exploitation are not consistently defined. We only have a very partial picture of the patterns and mechanisms of harm, or how to disrupt those patterns or the effects on young people and communities and how to mitigate and repair that harm. This evidence base is growing, but at the slow pace required for rich and robust academic research.

Local areas need to take strategic action in a much shorter timeframe, using the academic and other evidence we do have as a guide. This means looking for local patterns and trends and exploring and evaluating different approaches to tackling exploitation. To do this, local areas need to interrogate local evidence to find relevant insights to guide strategic decision making. One part of this local evidence base is the data collected by a range of public agencies.

This discussion piece explores how data might support local areas in tackling child exploitation by providing strategic intelligence about patterns of harm related to exploitation and the experiences of young people in local communities.

This seven part piece covers:
1) Using data intelligently to understand child exploitation (currently viewing)
2) Children missing from data
3) Intro to multi-agency data framework
4) Identifying potential vulnerability
5) Patterns of harm
6) Patterns of help
7) Perpetrators of exploitation

Joining the Dots
Our collective knowledge of and understanding of child exploitation is still a developing field. Ideas and examples from across the sector and beyond may help bring a fresh new perspective or unlock a problem. The resources below are part of this rich conversation...
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Call for Knowledge & Practice

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