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We are the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre). We want children to be able to live free from the threat and harm of sexual abuse.

Our aim is to reduce the impact of CSA through improved prevention and better response.

Who we are

We are a multi-disciplinary team, funded by the Home Office, hosted by Barnardo’s and work closely with key partners from academic institutions, local authorities, health, education, police and the voluntary sector. However, we are independent and will challenge any barriers, assumptions, taboos and ways of working that prevent us from increasing our understanding and improving our approach to child sexual abuse.

To tackle child sexual abuse we must understand its causes, scope, scale and impact. We know a lot about CSA and have made progress in dealing with it, but there are still many gaps in our knowledge and understanding which limit how effectively we are tackling the issue.

The scale and nature of child sexual abuse

Full reports

We bring about change by:

  • Collating and analysing existing research, policy, practice and the real experiences of those affected, and filling the gaps we identify with new research, insights and analysis.
  • Using that evidence and insight to develop new approaches and apply learning in practice.
Our team

Our latest blog

Sexual abuse of Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and young people: 'People don't talk about it'

In this blog Sophie continues her series reflecting on how the current research and evidence base helps us better understand child sexual abuse.  Sophie highlights the publication of new research published by the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) considering experiences of child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities. This research is important given the relative paucity of research considering child sexual abuse of children from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. 

Dr Sophie Laws
October 2020

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Our research on perpetration of CSA

Full reports and offending typology

Our partners

Our partners are all represented on our advisory board:

Partner logos: Durham University, Coventry University, London Metropolitan University, University of Lincoln, University of Birmingham, NHS England, Local Government Association, Barnardo's, National Police Chiefs's Council, College of Policing

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To effectively deal with a problem as pervasive and important as this needs everyone with a stake in working to prevent child sexual abuse to get involved. Keep up to date with the latest publications, events and opportunities from the CSA Centre in our monthly newsletter.

 

Partner logos: Durham University, Coventry University, London Metropolitan University, University of Lincoln, University of Birmingham, NHS England, Local Government Association, Barnardo's, National Police Chiefs's Council, College of Policing