PhD student workshop 2020

The CSA Centre would like to invite students currently enrolled on a doctoral programme to a one-day workshop on Tuesday 12 May 2020 which will take place virtually over video conferencing. 

The intention of this workshop is to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of people undertaking doctoral research into issues relating to what works to foster an effective multi-agency response to CSA alongside developing an increased understanding and awareness of the scale and nature of CSA.

Aims of the workshop:

  • To provide mutual support and challenge for those undertaking doctoral studies on prevention, intervention, prosecution and disruption of CSA;
  • An opportunity to present your work to a knowledgeable multi-disciplinary audience, in a participative setting;
  • For the CSA Centre to learn from research as it unfolds, create a wide community and to find ways to share early findings with policy and practice audiences promptly, as appropriate.

The day will consist of seminar type presentations with students presenting their work to a small group of fellow doctoral students with posters produced on display.

To apply to present your research by poster or oral presentation, please return the expression of interest form to Rosaline Sullivan by Friday 17 April 2020. We will be in touch with the successful applicants in order to provide additional information.

Download the expression of interest form (Word)


Past events


CSA Connect Community launch events

In November 2018, the CSA Centre held two launch events for the CSA Connect Community and conducted initial scoping exercises to understand what prospective community members would like to see from the community. The events also provided an opportunity for attendees to share their recent research projects with colleague and discuss their findings or planned methodologies. 

CSA Connect Community London launch event
London launch event
CSA Connect Community Cardiff launch event
Cardiff launch event


Research roundtable events

Adults who commit child sexual abuse

In September 2018, we hosted two roundtables discussing research on adults who commit child sexual abuse. We spoke with policy makers in the morning and researchers in the afternoon about the gaps in our collective knowledge and understanding, what questions should be prioritised and how to overcome some of the methodological barriers. Find out more about our work on improving understanding of CSA offending.

Research roundtable on adults who commit CSA
Roundtable discussion on researching adults who commit child sexual abuse


Children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour

In November 2018, we hosted two roundtables discussing research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour, one with policy makers and one with researchers. We spoke about how to best address the gaps in our knowledge and understanding in order to ensure our collective response to HSB is effective and proportionate. 

We will be writing up the findings into a paper for publication but in the mean time, read our Key messages from research paper on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour.

Research roundtable on harmful sexual behaviour
Roundtable discussion on researchingchildren who display harmful sexual behaviour


Connect 2018

In May 2018, the CSA Centre held two conferences, one in Birmingham and one in Cardiff. Each conference brought over 100 delegates together from multi-agency backgrounds representing front-line practitioners, service managers, commissioners and policy makers. 

The events involves keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops on a range of topics under the following themes:

  • Safeguarding children and young people beyond the home;
  • Working with people who commit sexual offences against children;
  • Identifying, understanding and responding to trauma;
  • Building confidence in the workforce;
  • Is it getting worse or better; what do we know about the scale of abuse and how do we know if our interventions are effective?