Supporting local areas to develop and embed a strategic response to child exploitation

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What is the Tackling Exploitation Programme?

Working with Research in Practice and the University of Bedfordshire, we’re developing and delivering a new national programme to tackle child exploitation.

The Tackling Child Exploitation support programme (TCE), funded by the Department for Education, aims to support local areas in tackling child exploitation. The programme will develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation and threats from outside the family home.  This covers child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation, including county lines drug trafficking. 

Who is the programme for?

The TCE Support Programme is for local area partnerships with safeguarding responsibilities. It is designed to provide  extra support so that local areas can review and develop their strategic approach to safeguarding children and young people who may be experiencing extra-familial harm and exploitation.

What support does the service provide?

The TCE Support Programme will help local areas in two main ways:

  • Providing an online open-access resource containing evidence-informed materials, such as knowledge briefings and tools, to support local areas to develop their strategic response to extra-familial harm and child exploitation.
  • Developing and delivering a bespoke support programme, which entails providing time-limited projects in local areas to strategic leaders to tackle extra-familial harm and child exploitation.

Specifically, the bespoke support projects will involve:

  • An application process, with local areas (that is, the local authority and multiagency safeguarding partners) able to request support based on their strategic needs and priorities.
  • Time-limited bespoke support projects, aimed at helping local areas to develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation and extra-familial harm.
  • A small team of delivery partners working with the local area, with each project underpinned by a specification that will be co-designed with the local area.
  • A simple baseline and follow up measure being undertaken with the local area to explore the impact of the bespoke support project.

How can I or my local area get involved?

We are now accepting applications from local areas for Bespoke Support.

Lead applicants should be one of the partners in the local multi-agency safeguarding arrangement/s. At least two other partners should have agreed to participate in the project being applying for and the application form should reflect local partnership discussions about engaging with the TCE Support Programme.

Applications covering more than one local area are welcomed if there are common issues that need to be addressed. For example, a police force area, or several local authority areas in the same region with similar geographical issues or with the same concerns about child exploitation. However, it should be recognised that Bespoke Support projects are small-scale and time-limited.

The deadline for this round of applications is 11th September with Bespoke Support delivery commencing in October 2020 with local areas. 

The next round of Bespoke Support applications will open in January 2021.


Useful resources

Contact information

If you have any queries about the programme or applying for support, please contact or

You can also follow the TCE Support Programme on Twitter via #TCEprogramme.