The rise in concern about sexual exploitation and the difficulties of keeping exploited young people safe in the community has resulted in more referrals of sexually exploited young women to secure accommodation. However, depriving young people of their liberty on welfare grounds is a contentious issue.
The project appointed a strong core team to work alongside residential workers. The team developed a shared ethos and method of practice. The programme for young people involved: a period of three to six months accommodated in a secure therapeutic environment; the development of positive relationships with specialist workers and mentors; transitional support for three months; and longer-term community support.
University of Bedfordshire