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London Seminar: Achieving better outcomes for young people affected by sexual exploitation (1 Nov 2017)

In this free seminar Lucie discussed the Alexi project


Wednesday, 1 November, 2017


Dr Lucie Shuker

Senior Research Fellow, The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking, The University of Bedfordshire

With increased pressure on children’s services in terms of referrals and public awareness of child sexual abuse/exploitation (CSAE) the Alexi Project was set up to evaluate a new ‘hub and spoke’ model of rapidly scaling up specialist child sexual exploitation (CSE) services across England. This large-scale and longitudinal evaluation reveals how the statutory and voluntary sector are working together to address CSE across the country, and identifies key lessons for commissioners.

In this free seminar Lucie gave a brief overview of the hub and spoke model and how it has been evaluated. She discussed the value of the model for developing and extending services in a time of austerity, and the conditions in which the model is most effective. Lucie highlighted the unique role of the voluntary sector in safeguarding children from exploitation, and the most effective models of co-location for voluntary sector CSE workers. Finally Lucie shared key messages from young people themselves about CSE services, and the kind of support they value.

Please see the attached slide pack and the inks below for further information

Alexi Project seminar slide pack

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• The full evaluation report - Evaluation of the Alexi Project ‘Hub and Spoke’ programme of CSE service development: Final Report November 2017

• A summary of key messages - Evaluation of the Alexi Project ‘Hub and Spoke’ programme of CSE service development Key Messages November 2017

• The ten comic postcards – 10 Principles for working with young people affected by CSE

Published 13 October 2017