Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse

Our aim is to reduce the impact of child sexual abuse through improved prevention and better response.

Child sexual abuse in 2022/23

Our new Trends in official data report collates the latest data across local authorities, policing, criminal justice and sexual assault referral centres to explore how child sexual abuse is being identified and responded to in England and Wales.

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The scale and nature of child sexual abuse

About us

Since we were founded in 2017, the CSA Centre has sought to improve the understanding of and response to child sexual abuse.


Funded by the Home Office and hosted by Barnardo’s, our team collates and analyses existing research, policy, practice, and the experiences of survivors, to allow us to fill the gaps with new research, insights and analysis.

With a multi-disciplinary team, we then use that evidence and insight to develop new approaches and apply learning in practice through training and resources.


By professionals, researchers, policymakers, businesses and communities working together, we believe that we can tackle child sexual abuse.