Keeping Safe? An Analysis of Work With Sexually Exploited Young People in Wales

Keeping Safe Cardiff University CSE

A review of 10 years of CSE casework in Wales.

“Keeping Safe” is a three year study funded by the Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales. A team of researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences conducted the study. Dr. Sophie Hallett led the team.

The study is an original investigation into the outcomes for children and young people deemed “at risk” of sexual exploitation:

We analysed the case files of 205 children aged between 9 and 18 years old. They all had their cases reviewed in 2006 as part of an exercise for developing the Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment Framework (SERAF) in Wales.

We looked at their background characteristics, living circumstances, and victimisation experiences. We also considered family and peer relations, complex needs, interventions and their impact. Finally, we looked at outcomes at and after case closure.

We tracked what happened to these young people over the next ten years. What worked, and what didn’t, to reduce risk and create positive outcomes?

You can read the report in full here.