The issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) has received intense scrutiny in recent years, following a number of high profile legal cases, serious case reviews and inquiries. This has resulted in increasing expectations that those working in the field will know how to appropriately manage and respond to this form of abuse. Of course, this is no easy task given the widely acknowledged difficulties of identifying and responding to sexual abuse and the particular complexities associated with the gain dynamic within CSE and the predominantly older age of children affected by it.

This edited collection draws on the latest research evidence and academic thinking around CSE to consider issues of understanding and response. Written by researchers from ‘The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ at the University of Bedfordshire, Part I considers issues of understanding and conceptualisation. Part II considers the practical implications of some of this thinking, sharing learning from research and evaluation on prevention, identification and response.

Understanding and Responding to Child Exploitation presents critical learning for academics and students, and for those working in the fields of policy, practice and commissioning. It is relevant to a wide range of disciplines including social care, youth work, education, criminology, health and social policy.

chapter |5 pages


ByHelen Beckett, Jenny Pearce

part I|60 pages

Contemporary perspectives on understanding

chapter 1|15 pages

Words matter

Reconceptualising the conceptualisation of child sexual exploitation
ByHelen Beckett, Joanne Walker

chapter 2|13 pages

Private/public bodies

‘Normalised prevention’ of sexual violence against children
ByJenny Pearce

chapter 3|17 pages

Disclosure of CSE and other forms of child sexual abuse

Is an integrated evidence base required?
ByDebra Allnock

chapter 4|13 pages

Applying an intersectional lens to sexual violence research and practice

ByElizabeth Ackerley, Lia Latchford

part II|67 pages

Contemporary perspectives on prevention and response

chapter 5|14 pages

Let’s talk about sexual violence

Involving young people in preventative peer education
BySilvie Bovarnick, Kate D’Arcy

chapter 6|12 pages

The role of detached youth work in preventing and identifying sexual harm

ByJenny Lloyd, Danielle Fritz

chapter 7|12 pages

CSE is everyone’s business?

The role of the night-time economy
ByRoma Thomas

chapter 8|14 pages

Profiling CSE

Building a contextual picture of a local problem
ByCarlene Firmin, David Hancock

chapter 9|13 pages

Developing participatory practice and culture in CSE services

ByCamille Warrington, Isabelle Brodie