Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse

Our work

Initial areas of work

Our initial focus is child sexual exploitation; however our remit over the longer-term covers all forms of child sexual abuse.

We have several work strands underway, most of which will be published in the spring:

  • Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation
  • Work to improve the assessment of the scale and nature of child sexual abuse
  • An evidence review of what works in supporting parents of sexually exploited and at risk young people
  • A review of use of tools and checklists to assess risk of child sexual exploitation
  • A scoping study on the effectiveness of interventions with perpetrators
  • A rapid review and gap analysis of interventions for perpetrators of online child sexual exploitation
  • An initial analysis of local commissioning arrangements
  • Mapping of existing services for victims of child sexual abuse
  • A scoping study on the characteristics and perspectives of perpetrators

We recently published the first four key messages

Later this spring we’ll publish details of a research fund which other organisations can submit proposals for.

Longer-term priorities and plans

We aren’t starting from scratch: a body of research and practice development has developed over the years that we can build on. We want to make sure we put our energy into the areas where we can add most value. That’s why we’re asking professionals working in the field what we should focus on.

Details of our consultation on our priorities