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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 child sexual abuse 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. 

To tackle child sexual abuse we must understand its causes, scope, scale and impact. We know a lot about child sexual abuse 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

Our report from earlier this year examines the latest information from prevalence studies and official service data. A must-read on what we do and don’t know about child sexual abuse.

Our latest report

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

Have confidence in your skills: navigating our response to sibling sexual harm

Dr Natasha Sabin
April 2022

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Strengthening Services for Victims and Survivors Programme

A new programme to strengthen services that promote safety and encourage healing and recovery, for children and adults who have been victims of sexual abuse, and their families.

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Our partners

Our Advisory Board is made up of representatives from key partner organisations:

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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