There has been increasing awareness of child sexual abuse and its impact on victims and survivors in recent years. Knowledge and understanding have improved, but there is still too much that remains unknown about the sexual abuse of children and young people in England and Wales.
This issue is core to the purpose of the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse. The first step in this long-term strand of work is an analysis of what we currently do and do not know from existing prevalence studies and administrative data.
Measuring the scale and changing nature of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation
Scoping report by Professor Liz Kelly and Kairika Karsna
This report has been produced in partnership with London Metropolitan University, and informed by two expert workshops. It forms the background to reaching current best estimates for both child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Infographics: Measuring the scale and changing nature of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation
At-a-glance summaries of what we currently do and do not know
Briefing: Improving understanding of the scale and nature of child sexual abuse
This briefing summarises key points from the scoping report and sets out next steps in working towards better and comparative data.