Learning To Support Strategic Leaders In Tackling Child Exploitation

Learning to support strategic leaders in tackling child exploitation

Author Research in Practice

A new online resource aims to support cross-sector leaders achieve system change in tackling child exploitation. The open access website has been developed by the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme and aims to provide a cross-cutting understanding of exploitation that encourages strategic change from multiple vantage points. 

Child exploitation does not fall neatly into categories or types of abuse, nor does exploitation correspond exclusively to particular professional backgrounds, or to one agency above another. The new resources featured on the dedicated TCE Support Programme website are structured around key topics to provide a cross-cutting understanding of exploitation. It includes:

  • Evidence – primary and participatory research, data and practitioner perspectives to highlight what is known (and not currently known) about the nature, impact and effective responses to exploitation.
  • Local responses – policy briefings, partnership facilitation tools, data and more designed to support areas to develop their own bespoke response to child exploitation.
  • Joining the dots – strategic resources to constructively challenge and prompt new and innovative thinking.

Resources on emerging issues will also be featured as and when the knowledge base is built in this area. The TCE Support programme is welcoming resource submissions to consider from across the sector; please share these via the call for practice form.

The site also provides reports and learning from the programme’s Bespoke Support Projects to promote and enable cross-sector learning. These will continue to be published over the course of the programme. 

As the evidence continues to grow in this emerging field, the featured resources will continue to grow and evolve in order to reflect collective insights and understanding, as well as being shared more widely to contribute to new sources of evidence.

View the tackling child exploitation resources (open access).

TCE (CROP) – Leading With Care, Blurring Boundaries And Holding Complexity, Uncertainty And Curiosity

Tackling child exploitation – leading with care, blurring boundaries and holding complexity, uncertainty and curiosity

Anna Racher

The TCE programme is a three year investment that supports local area partnerships to achieve strategic change in relation to all forms of child exploitation including child sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, modern slavery and trafficking, as well as supporting local areas to respond to new and emerging forms of exploitation. 

TCE Programme CROP

About the programme

The TCE Support Programme aims to support local areas to develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation and threats from outside the family home (known as extra-familial harm). This covers child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation, including county lines drug trafficking.

Aimed at local area partnerships with safeguarding responsibilities, the programme is designed to provide extra support so that local areas can review and develop their strategic approach to safeguarding children and young people.

The programme has been commissioned by the Department for Education, led by Research in Practice, together with The Children’s Society and University of Bedfordshire.