Key messages from research phase 4

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) wants children to be able to live free from the threat and harm of sexual abuse. Our aim is to reduce the impact of CSA through improved prevention and better response. To tackle child sexual abuse we must understand its causes, scope, scale and impact. 

Our ‘Key messages from research’ papers aim to provide succinct, relevant information for frontline practitioners and commissioners. They bring together the most up-to-date research into an accessible overview, supporting confident provision of the best possible responses to child sexual abuse. 

The CSA Centre plans to produce three further 'Key messages from research' papers following on from those we have already published. The aim of these publications is to seek to enable practitioners to learn from the research evidence in providing the best possible services to prevent CSA, support victims and those at risk, and understand and disrupt offenders. They should increase confidence to take appropriate action, while being cautious in claims made as to the strength of the research evidence. The gaps in knowledge will be identified but will not be the focus of these summaries.

The 'Key messages' papers will focus on the following subjects:

  • Identifying and responding to disclosures of child sexual abuse;
  • Looked after children and child sexual abuse;
  • Boys and young men who experience child sexual abuse.

How to apply

We are seeking an individual or organisation with high calibre relevant research expertise and a portfolio of writing succinct accessible reports for frontline practitioners. Proposers must be able to demonstrate how they will successfully gather relevant literature, contact key stakeholders and synthesise the information.

A response can be for one or multiple papers outlined above. To apply, please send a completed proposal form, a CV for each individual proposed to undertake work and at least one example of succinct accessible written work to  You can find further information and a full specification in the request for proposals below. 

Deadline for proposals: 26 October 2018 

Interviews to take place: 9 or 12 November 2018

    For more information please email

    Any questions concerning the tender should be sent to us via email no later than 19 October 2018. Responses to all received queries will be circulated on the 23 October 2018.

    Download the request for proposals (PDF, 404 KB)

    Download the proposal form (Doc, 75 KB)