Portrait of Diana Parkinson

Diana Parkinson

Evaluating the CSA Practice Leads Programme in social work: An insider's perspectivechevron_right

Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, Diana Parkinson, reflects on the process of evaluating the CSA Practice Leads Programme in a social work context and how this has helped to shape our future work in this area.

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Anna Glinski

"But they must have known!" Effectively working with non-abusing parentschevron_right

Our Deputy Director for Knowledge and Practice Development highlights the importance of effective working with non-abusing parents and carers when there are concerns of intra-familial child sexual abuse.

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Dr Sophie Laws

Working together to fill the knowledge gaps on child sexual abusechevron_right

In January, the CSA Centre hosted a workshop for research funders, with contributions from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and the Office of National Statistics (ONS), to identify key knowledge gaps and discuss how to prioritise addressing these gaps. Here, our Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation shares her reflections on the day and highlights key points from the discussion.

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Anna Glinski

Learning lessons on intra-familial child sexual abusechevron_right

This month the report from the joint targeted area inspections (JTAI) into the multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment revealed many areas for improvement, particularly around training needs and strategic responses. Here, our Deputy Director for Knowledge and Practice Development Anna Glinski reflects on the report and what needs to be done to ensure the multi-agency response dramatically improves.

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Nick Marsh

Safeguarding adolescents: effectively responding to child sexual abuse outside the homechevron_right

In this blog, our Practice Improvement Advisor for multi-agency working Nick Marsh considers different approaches to safeguarding young people outside the home and highlights the importance of continuing to explicitly name and address sexual abuse within the wider safeguarding agenda. 

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Nici Evans and Mark Vaughan

Bridging the gap between CSA theory and practice in Waleschevron_right

The CSA Centre’s new Advisors for Wales, Nici Evans and Mark Vaughan, introduce themselves and set out their vision for improving practice and increasing access to evidence around child sexual abuse in Wales.

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Dr Helen Beckett

Researcher welfarechevron_right

As the CSA Centre publish an updated report on mapping current research into child sexual abuse, Dr Helen Beckett guest blogs about the importance of supporting the welfare of those researching child sexual abuse.

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Kairika Karsna

What the new ONS child abuse compendium tells uschevron_right

Last week the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published a child abuse compendium. The CSA Centre has been involved in the working group developing the child sexual abuse (CSA) chapter of the compendium over the past two years.  Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, Kairika Karsna, writes about what we can learn from the new report and some of the challenges it highlights.

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Anna Glinski

The myth of 'absolute knowing': when is the evidence enough?chevron_right

In this blog Deputy Director for Knowledge and Practice Development, Anna Glinski, discusses the tension between the criminal and safeguarding burdens of proof and how this can impact on social work decision making where there are concerns of child sexual abuse.

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Nick Marsh

Care versus control: reflections on child protection practiceschevron_right

Our Practice Improvement Advisor (Multi Agency), Nick Marsh, writes about his recent trip to Australia and sharing learning internationally about working with adolescents who have experienced extra-familial sexual abuse. 

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Jane Wiffin

Don't wait for them to tell us: recognising and responding to signs of child sexual abusechevron_right

This week the CSA centre published ‘Key messages from research on identifying and responding to disclosures of child sexual abuse’. In this blog our Practice Improvement Advisor for Social Work, Jane Wiffin, reflects on what those key messages mean for the safety of children and young people and what needs to be done within the statutory child protection system to best respond when children signal or speak out about the abuse and harm they are experiencing.

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Sherrelle Parke

Local challenges to addressing the exploitation of childrenchevron_right

Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, Sherrelle Parke, reflects on the challenges local authorities face, and why bridging the gap with research knowledge is welcome on the front line.

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Dr Michelle Cutland

The value of medical examinations for concerns of CSAchevron_right

Our Practice Improvement Advisor for Health, Dr Michelle Cutland, reflects on improving understanding of the paediatric medical examination for concerns of CSA and the importance of professional curiosity.

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Cassi Harrison

A new Director for the CSA Centrechevron_right

Our Director, Cassandra Harrison, announces a change in leadership for the CSA Centre.

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Dr Sophie Laws

Research from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abusechevron_right

This blog is part of a series where our Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation, Dr Sophie Laws, highlights research done by other people (not the CSA Centre) that improves understanding of child sexual abuse.

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Dr Sophie Laws

Learning from adult survivorschevron_right

This blog is part of a series where our Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation, Dr Sophie Laws, highlights research done by other people (not the CSA Centre) that improves understanding of child sexual abuse.

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Kairika Karsna

Uncovering the scale of child sexual abuse in social care recordschevron_right

Senior Research and Evaluation Officer Kairika Karsna explains how local authorities in Wales can help us uncover the truer extent of CSA encountered by social services.

Portrait of Dr Sophie Laws

Dr Sophie Laws

Intra-familial abuse: learning from children and young peoplechevron_right

This blog is the first in a series where our Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation, Dr Sophie Laws, highlights research done by other people (not the CSA Centre) that improves understanding of child sexual abuse.

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Dr Gregory Hall

Thinking about what workschevron_right

Gregory outlines some of the challenges involved in evaluating and commissioning effective services and how the CSA Centre is working to improve understanding of ‘what works’.

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Cassi Harrison

Improving our response to child sexual abusechevron_right

Cassi reflects on giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, the challenges we face in preventing and responding to CSA and how we can improve our capacity to better protect children.

Blog posts give the views of the author, and are not necessarily those of the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse.