Our existing research on perpetration has highlighted the challenges of developing appropriate and effective responses to perpetration of child sexual abuse (CSA). Part of this challenge stems from difficulties encountered in identifying patterns of offending and the contexts in which CSA offending occurs.

The CSA Centre has therefore commissioned further research to build a better understanding of the nature of child sexual abuse offending and the context in which offences are committed. Its aim is to develop, test and apply a typology of CSA offending from analysis of police case files and practitioner engagement.

The research project began in April 2018 and is estimated to take 18 months in total.

This work is funded and commissioned by the CSA Centre and will be delivered in partnership with Middlesex University.