Learning From The Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme

Learning from the Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme

Published: 30/11/2020

Author: Research in Practice

The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme has completed the first year of scoping and delivery and is sharing its learning in an Executive Summary.

The summary includes information about cross-cutting themes that have been responded to, as well as key achievements, including Bespoke Support Projects and a dedicated website designed to contribute to the evidence base relating to child exploitation and extra-familial harm. It also looks ahead to priorities for year two of the programme. 

Year one learning

Learning from year one delivery has highlighted three key elements to an effective response to child exploitation and extra familial harm, including:

  • Leading with care – supporting reflection on how far leadership approaches and behaviours explicitly align with the learning from, and needs of, young people and families for whom exploitation is a concern.
  • Bridging boundaries – asking what existing expertise there is in a broader context. These resources will draw on approaches and expertise from non-statutory agencies who work closely with children and young people and/or in community contexts.
  • Holding uncertainty, complexity and curiosity – focusing on how emerging evidence can be applied in relation to child exploitation and extra-familial harm to positively disrupt approaches not designed to meet the challenges of extra-familial harm.

The TCE Support Programme has brought these elements together to form a Joining the Dots framework: an approach to system change that is designed to hold space and unlock capacity. 

Looking ahead to year two

Looking ahead, year one delivery has also highlighted five priority areas where strategic change is most needed. The following themes will be explored more deeply across the sector in the second year of the programme:

  1. children and young people's voice 
  2. equalities, diversity and inclusion 
  3. horizontal and vertical expansion 
  4. structural service integration
  5. responding to COVID-19-related imperatives.

A recent article by Anna Racher, Partnership Manager of the TCE Support Programme, reflects in detail on the above priorities and emerging themes in response to child exploitation and extra familial harm.

Join the conversation on tackling child exploitation

The programme team has been working closely with local partnerships to gather insights and develop effective responses. Key colleagues from the programme have reflected on some of these emerging themes in relation to child exploitation and extra-familial harm in an open access conversation.

In order to further identify emerging themes, and share ways in which children and young people’s voice can be brought into strategic discussions, the programme team is also welcoming you to participate in online conversations.

About the TCE Support Programme

Led by Research in Practice, in partnership with The Children’s Society and University of Bedfordshire, the TCE Support Programme aims to support local areas in developing an effective strategic response to child exploitation and extra-familial harm. 

The programme is an investment by the Department for Education with the aim of bridging the gaps between research, practice and people's lived experiences to improve practice and outcomes for children and families.

Find out more about the programme.

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