University of Bedfordshire

Protecting children from child exploitation

The University of Bedfordshire has pioneered research into child sexual exploitation, leading to better safeguarding and protection of children. Research carried out by its International Centre into child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking, has helped to change perceptions of these children so they are seen as victims of child abuse.

They have also worked with welfare agencies to ensure that these children are safeguarded rather than criminalised through the youth justice systems. Working with partners in the government, funders, service providers and voluntary agencies, this research has resulted in changes to government guidance, with professionals better supported to identify and respond to abuse.

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