Working together to enhance police responses to child sexual exploitation and related vulnerabilities

Police Research Forum 8th February 2017

Posted: Mon Dec, 2016

Author: Joanne Walker


Police-led research: Supporting and Extending Evidence-Based Policing  

The key aim of the CSE and Policing Knowledge Hub is to facilitate collaborative working between academia and policing in order to develop evidence-informed enhanced police responses to young people affected by this abuse.  Evidence-informed policing is the notion that police practices should be based on scientific evidence about what works best.  This is particularly crucial in light of recent criticisms of police practice in safeguarding adolescents who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing CSE.   The CSE and Policing Knowledge Hub are supporting police in a variety of ways to better utilise and understand research.  One of these ways is the commissioning and support of five police-led primary research projects which focus on ways of responding to identified needs within policing practice in the area of CSE and associated vulnerabilities. The projects aim to make a contribution to a relatively undeveloped research field, providing solution focused ways of working in this area.

The five research projects are currently underway and the forum will be used as a platform for the police researchers to present early findings of their work. Topics include examining Sexual Risk Orders used on a victimless basis; exploring ABE interview practice; examining early experiences of under-18 perpetrators; investigating young people’s experiences with police and other services; and exploring vulnerability, risk and protective factors in relation to young people affected by CSE


11.00     Arrival and Coffee

11.30     Welcome and introduction, Dr Debra Allnock, Project Manager - University of Bedfordshire

11.45     Key note by Superintendent Dave Hill, Programme Director for the East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration 

12:30     John Leigh, DC, CAIU, West Midlands Police will examine young people’s experience and satisfaction of the police professionals they come into contact with  

13:00     Lunch

13:45     Danielle Williams, Special Constable, West Yorkshire Police and Intelligence Officer and CSE SPOC in the Bradford CSE Hub will be looking at risk in context. Her research is based on case file analysis of risk and protective factors among child sexual exploitation in Bradford

14:15     Stephen Smith, Analytical Researcher in the ERASE Team, Durham Constabulary, will focus on under 18 perpetrators and potential points of earlier intervention

14:45     Simon Abery, CSE Contact point for Havering, London Met will be looking at the use of Civil Orders and Notices to support victimless prosecutions

15:15      Coffee break 

15:30      Plenary

15:45      Close

Places are limited and reserved for police officers only, so book your place early by contacting Brian Rose, at


University of Central Lancashire


Lancashire, UK



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