Hidden in plain sight: a scoping study into the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in the UK: policy briefing

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Barnardo's (Organization); National Centre for Social Research
Date of publication
1 August 2014
Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This is a policy briefing on a scoping study into the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in the UK. The sexual exploitation of boys and young men is a much bigger problem than many people realise. With the support of Barnardo’s, research led by UCL has found that almost one in three in a sample of the sexually exploited young people supported by Barnardo’s since 2008 were male. 

The aims of the research were to:

  1. Identify known characteristics of CSE cases involving boys and young men and compare them with those involving girls and young women
  2. Explore professionals’ views on perpetration and victimisation processes
  3. Assess perceived support needs and the nature of existing service provision
  4. Help inform future research, policy and practice.

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