University Of Bedfordshire Knowledge Hub

University Of Bedfordshire Knowledge Hub

The International Centre, together with the National Policing Lead for Child Protection and Abuse Investigation, have received funding from the College of Policing and HEFCE Knowledge Fund to develop a knowledge hub to support policing responses to child sexual exploitation (CSE), other forms of sexual abuse and associated vulnerabilities in adolescence.

This work will bring together academics, young people and the police, along with other relevant professionals, to improve the use of evidence in police responses to young people affected by CSE, other forms of CSA and associated vulnerabilities

This programme of will run from late 2015 to March 2017. It aims to:

  • Improve links between policing and academia;
  • Communicate the existing evidence base on CSE, other forms of CSA and associated vulnerabilities to police and relevant partners;
  • Support police to develop and use research evidence in their work, with a particular focus on ‘what works’ in policing responses to these issues;
  • Facilitate dialogue between police and other professionals, and police and young people affected by these issues, as to how police responses could be improved.

Planned activities include:

  • A needs analysis of the key challenges police face in responding to CSE, other forms of CSA and associated vulnerabilities (from the perspective of the police and external partners);
  • Police-led research projects focused on testing possible solutions to these challenges;
  • Academic mentoring for police CSE coordinators and analysts;
  • A participatory solution-focused learning programme between police and young people;
  • A knowledge exchange website;
  • Online webinars;
  • Practitioner briefing papers on approaches to, and learning from, research;
  • A bi-annual research and practice research forum;
  • Workshops with policy personnel and commissioners; and
  • An end of project conference. In order to extend the reach of activities and to ensure that local contexts are considered, four regional academics in the South and North of England, Midlands and Wales have been appointed.

Please contact Debra Allnock at if you would like any further information on this project.