The project is being evaluated by a team of researchers at the University of Bedfordshire led by Professor Jenny Pearce and managed by Dr Julie Harris as Principal Investigator. The overall aim is to provide knowledge about the potential of the 'Hub and Spoke' model of service development to trigger cultural and systemic change in the way that services supporting children and young people respond to child sexual exploitation. Specifically it considers the impact of the Hub and Spoke model on:
a) Safeguarding young people from sexual exploitation through service delivery
b) Supporting and equipping specialist CSE workers to work effectively in host agencies
c) Promoting stable CSE policy frameworks in new areas by raising awareness, developing procedures and advancing cultures of support from local policy makers responsible for CSE.