Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA) has been established to help bring about significant and system-wide change in how child sexual abuse is responded to locally and nationally.

We will do this by identifying, generating and sharing high quality evidence of what works to prevent and tackle Child Sexual Abuse (including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)), to inform both policy and practice.

The Centre is funded by the Home Office, led by Barnardo’s, and works closely with key partners from academic institutions, local authorities, health, education, police, and the voluntary sector.

Our aims

All our activity works towards the overarching goal of having a positive impact for children and young people.

Specific aims:

  1. Local areas across England and Wales have a confident and effective multi-agency response to CSA, based on access to evidence and information on what works.
  2. National policy on CSA is informed by the latest research and evidence produced by the Centre.
  3. Increased understanding and awareness of the scale and nature of CSA.
  4. A clear assessment of how recent changes and improvements to policy and practice have impacted on the scale and nature of abuse.

We are at a very early stage in our work and have just started to put our team in place.

Our first Key messages from research have just been published and we have outlined our initial areas of work.

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Our partners

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Our partners are all represented on our advisory board.

Help us shape our future

We are encouraging all sectors and organisational levels to engage with us, so that we can understand the needs of frontline staff, commissioners and those with responsibility for producing strategic responses to child sexual abuse.

Our ultimate aim is to have a positive impact for children and young people, and to do that we need to know what we can do to most usefully support you. Our consultation on our priorities has just closed but please sign up to our newsletter.