TCE Bespoke Support 2

Tackling child exploitation – call for bespoke support applications

Published: 27/07/2020

Author: Research in Practice

The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme is accepting applications from local areas to develop their strategic response to tackle child exploitation and extra-familial harm.

The programme, commissioned by the Department for Education, led by Research in Practice, in partnership with The Children’s Society and University of Bedfordshire, aims to support local areas to develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation and threats from outside the family home (‘extra-familial harm’). This covers child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation, including county lines drug trafficking.

Bespoke support projects

Applications are being accepted from local partnerships for bespoke support to work with the TCE Support Programme in collectively taking forward a clearly articulated change goal across their partnership, with projects being delivered virtually. Senior colleagues can request support on behalf of local area partnerships, provided the request is approved by those partners.

Bespoke support projects will be delivered from October 2020 – March 2021. Projects will offer time-limited, focused support to strategic leaders in local partnerships seeking to unlock capacity to accelerate or add value to existing system change goals in relation to tackling child exploitation and extra-familial harm.

A short learning report for each project will be written up and published in order to promote cross-sector learning. The impact of individual projects will also be measured and explored. Four principles guide this round of TCE support, with all projects:

  1. Designed to allow digital delivery, regardless of the size of the project or type.
  2. Articulating a clear change goal and this goal will be defined after a period of collaborative development between local areas and the TCE team.
  3. Demonstrating a clear focus on sustainability and commitment to embedding locally-owned change.

Find out more about TCE Support Programme learning from year one.

Frequently asked questions – Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme

Apply for support

Apply for bespoke support. Deadline for applying 14 September 2020. Delivery will begin in local areas in October 2020. Another application round is expected in January 2021 that, context permitting, will have a mixed approach to delivery.

Applications covering more than one local area are welcomed if there are common issues that need to be addressed. However, it should be recognised that bespoke support projects are small-scale and time-limited.


If you have any queries about the programme or applying for support, please contact

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