The CSA Centre is working to explore disruption activity systematically, both in the context of policing in England and Wales and more broadly with other professionals who have a role to play in this area. Our work on disruption has three core components:

  • Identifying and better understanding current practice, barriers and enablers from both practitioner and strategic perspectives;
  • Identifying what is effective in what contexts and recommending opportunities for improving practice;
  • Providing recommendations for future partnership working to address the barriers identified.

Our research in this area aims to address:

  1. What is meant by CSA disruption and how is it currently carried out?
  2. What does good practice look like in relation to CSA disruption?
  3. Where could practice be improved and how?
  4. What are the key challenges practitioners face in relation to disrupting CSA?

Work currently underway:

  • A review of the current literature
  • A survey of frontline and strategic professionals
  • Focus groups held with police and multi-agency practitioners

Survey on current prevention and disruption practice in policing

As part of a study to improve our collective understanding of the proactive prevention and disruption of child sexual abuse (including exploitation), we are asking strategic leads for safeguarding and frontline uniformed officers in police forces across England and Wales to complete an online survey.

Disrupting CSA offending is an essential element of preventing abuse from happening. A range of tools and activities have been developed to disrupt or prevent CSA, however, currently the extent to which these measures are adopted and utilised in the UK is unknown. In order to ensure proactive disruption activity is effective, we need to identify and understand current practice and its impact.

The aim of this online survey is to gain an understanding of the current policy and working practices around the disruption and prevention of CSA.  It will explore potential difficulties in successfully implementing the strategies and the findings will be used to develop recommendations and produce good practice guidelines.

The survey should take you 20-25 minutes and you have until Friday 15 November 2019 to complete it. Your responses will be anonymous. 

You can take the survey and read further information about the study here:

If you have any questions regarding this survey or your participation, please contact Dr Nadia Wager.