Child Sexual Exploitation Funders' Alliance
What’s the issue?
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner found almost 2,500 confirmed victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) over a 14-month period; and identified 16,500 at high risk of exploitation.
Research suggests voluntary sector services can be really effective; having different agencies located together so they can share information and respond to all the different needs of a child from one place, also works well. But most local authorities do not have these types of specialist services.
What are we doing?
The Bromley Trust is part of the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders’ Alliance (CSEFA), a group of charitable funders who are aligning resources in order to bring about a step change in how Child Sexual Exploitation is dealt with across the UK. The over-arching aim of their strategy is to position CSE as an integral part of mainstream safeguarding activity. It comprises three key programmes of work:
- The development of a Hub and Spoke model of specialist service provision;
- The promotion of the meaningful involvement of children and young people in decision making and the development of good practice in CSE practice intervention;
- Creation of a knowledge hub on CSE to pool and share knowledge about CSE and the evidence base for good practice.
The strategy supported by CSEFA was developed by Professor Jenny Pearce at the University of Bedfordshire. She and her colleagues continue to advise us.
The implementation of the CSEFA strategy started in September 2013. It is overseen by an Expert Reference Group, chaired by the Deputy Children’s Commissioner, Sue Berelowitz.
What has happened so far?
The evaluation of the ‘hub & spoke’ model by the University of Bedfordshire began in September 2013.
The Bromley Trust has made grants towards:
- The evaluation of the Hub and Spoke model
- The Wise (What is Sexual Exploitation) Project, Surrey
- Children's Society: CARE - Child at Risk of Exploitation, Essex
- CSEFA Hub & Spoke leaflet
- If only someone had listened: Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups Final Report (November 2013)
31 January 2016
CSEFA: IVAR Report
The Child Sexual Exploitation Funders’ Alliance (CSEFA) is a group of 12 charitable funders who came together in 2012 to bring about a step change in the way child sexual exploitation is dealt with in the UK. Specifically, they wanted to see responses to child sexual exploitation positioned as an integral part of mainstream safeguarding. CSEFA members believe that by bringing together funders’ knowledge, reach, resources and time, more has been achieved than would have been the case had the funders worked individually. As such, in this context, funder collaboration is definitely worth it. In the spirit of learning, and for the benefit of others interested in funder collaboration, this short paper sets out CSEFA’s key features, benefits and challenges.
CSEFA: Year two progress report and interim findings. 2014-2015
The executive summary can be read: here
Trust and Foundation News: 29 July 2014
Trust and Foundation News, the quarterly magazine produced by the Association of Charitable Foundations has published an article on the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders' Alliance (CSEFA). This article is included in issue 104: July 2014.
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