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RPU 204 March 2018

The research articles this month explore child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse(CSA). Although societal and professional awareness of CSE has increased over recent years, challenges remain on how best to address it and support those affected.

The paper by Kwhaili and colleagues explores social workers' confidence and understanding of CSA, and CSE in particular. It highlights the need for all practitioners working with children, young people and families to have knowledge and understanding of CSA and CSE as distinct areas of sexual abuse as part of their safeguarding responsibilities. The findings and practice implications from the paper are echoed in the article by Thomas and D'Arcy, who highlight the importance of using holistic, strengths-based family approaches  to improve services for children and young people affected by CSE.

Most CSE services are targeted towards young women rather than young men. The paper by Cockbain and colleagues explores the relationship between child sexual exploitation (CSE) and gender in their study of young people accessing CSE support. The final article by Buck and colleagues provides an insight into young people's views and experiences of a peer mentoring programme, which works to address the hidden problem of young 'gang'-associated women who have been exploited or are at risk of exploitation.

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