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Our new book on What works in Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation

Sara Scott, Di McNeish, Silvie Bovarnick and Jenny Pearce

Hardly a week goes by without some new case of child sexual exploitation hitting the news. From Oxford to Rotherham, Telford to Bristol the roll-call of places affected by sexual exploitation appears endless and yet 20 years ago the term ‘child sexual exploitation’ had still to be invented. Over the lasttwo decades however we have seen the rapid growth of specialist services aiming to prevent, support and ameliorate the impact of sexual exploitation on the lives of children and young people. Voluntary organisations , notably Barnardo’s, led the way but today almost every local authority area has some specialist practitioners working in this field, and staff in sexual health clinics, rape crisis centres, schools and children’s homes all regularly encounter young victims and their families. Sara Scott and Di McNeish have co-authored this new book with Silvie Bovarnick and Jenny Pearce from the University of Bedfordshire International Centre for the Study of Child Sexual Exploitation. It is the latest in Barnardo’s highly respected What Works for Children series and aims to synthesis the best available evidence to support the work of practitioners.

It is widely recognised that finding and confidently appraising relevant research can be a challenge for busy front-line staff and managers. The purpose of this book is to therefore to provide a reliable and readable resource tailored to their needs.

This book is divided into five chapters covering the main approaches to combatting CSE that have been developed by specialist services over the last two decades. These approaches include awareness raising in schools, outreach and community-based prevention strategies as well as direct support and therapeutic work with abused young people and their parents and carers.

The book is free and available here.

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