We've just finished an evidence review for the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse: View review here.
The review explores the mismatch that can occur between the perspective of statutory services - which sometimes struggle to relate to parents as partners in safeguarding - and the actual needs of parents for understanding, information and honest, respectful relationships with professionals.
Child protection has traditionally focused on abuse and neglect within the family. From the late 1990s a number of voices, particularly within voluntary organisations, began to identify the sexual exploitation of young people outside the family and to advocate for this to be taken seriously as a concern for services working with children and families.
Although CSE is now accepted as a major safeguarding concern, parents often find services unhelpful, dismissive of their concerns and that they are often excluded from plans and decisions that affect their family. There are three main reasons for this:
Drawing lessons from the wider literature on parent support, as well as from evaluations of specific CSE projects, the review identifies the key factors in providing more effective, strengths based and 'whole family' approaches when a young person is sexually exploited.<< Back to News