Our ‘scale and nature’ research programme was built following a review of evidence on the scale and nature of child sexual abuse. It has four strands:

  1. Providing and updating a comprehensive national account of what we do and do not know about child sexual abuse from the current data
  2. Promoting the need for a new national child sexual abuse prevalence survey of children and young people in England and Wales, and supporting improved coverage of child sexual abuse in other national surveys
  3. Supporting organisations from statutory and voluntary sectors to improve the data they collect about child sexual abuse, through publication of a practical guide to data improvement and ongoing research and support
  4. Building a better understanding of how practice in statutory services affects the level of child sexual abuse identified and recorded

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