Enhancing police responses to child sexual exploitation, other forms of child sexual abuse and associated vulnerabilities through collaborative working between academia and policing at both national and regional levels.


CASCADE researchers represent part of the Wales regional learning network in a national hub of expertise facilitated by the International Centre Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking. This hub will collate and contribute to the existing evidence base, develop a research-informed repository of solution-focused learning and proactively link research with policy and practice initiatives.Sustainable, collaborative working, at both national and regional levels, between policing and academia (and other relevant professions) will enable the development of research-informed police responses to young people affected by CSE or other forms of CSA, and associated vulnerabilities.

Recognising the overlap between CSE/CSA and other safeguarding concerns the proposed programme of work encompasses consideration of associated vulnerabilities for young people. These include trafficking and modern slavery, ‘going missing’, teenage relationship abuse, gang-association, neglect, honour based violence and early and forced marriage.

For more information about this project please contact Dr Sophie Hallett.

Lead Person

Principal InvestigatorDr Sophie Hallett
Related publicationsHickle, K. and Hallett, S. 2016. Mitigating harm: considering harm reduction principles in work with sexually exploited young people. Children & Society 30(4), pp. 302-313Mitigating Harm: Considering Harm Reduction Principles in Work with Sexually Exploited Young People