Publications & Resources

A full list of research, practice guidance and reports by the CSA Centre

April 2024

Research & evidence

CSA Centre

Support matters: An overview of services for children and parents affected by sexual abuse

This overview summarises the findings and implications arising from the CSA Centre's Support Matters research, focusing on the support available for children who have been sexually abused and their parents. It also briefly looks at support provision for children who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour.

February 2024

Research & evidence

Kairika Karsna and Paige Bromley (CSA Centre)

Child sexual abuse in 2022/23: Trends in official data

Our 2022/23 report brings together data from children’s social care, policing, criminal justice and health, to build a picture of how agencies identify and respond to child sexual abuse and provide a unique insight into the changing trends in practice.

January 2024

Research & evidence

Diana Parkinson and Milly Steele

Support Matters: The landscape of child sexual abuse support services in England and Wales (full report)

The full report of Support Matters: The landscape of child sexual abuse support services in England and Wales. It presents the findings of the CSA Centre's comprehensive study of the current landscape of service provision in response to child sexual abuse in England & Wales.

January 2024

Research & evidence

Diana Parkinson and Milly Steele

Support Matters: The landscape of child sexual abuse support services in England and Wales (Foreword and executive summary)

The foreword and executive summary of report of Support Matters: The landscape of child sexual abuse support services in England and Wales. It presents a summary of the findings of the CSA Centre's comprehensive study of the current landscape of service provision in response to child sexual abuse in England & Wales.

May 2023

Research & evidence

Kairika Karsna

Improving your data on child sexual abuse: A practical guide for organisations

Update of the original 2019 version. This guide offers much-needed practical advice for organisations about the data they collect on child sexual abuse, and how they should record it. It sets out 21 core items of data which all organisations responding to child sexual abuse should try to collect. It has been designed to use along side our interactive data improvement tool.

February 2023

Research & evidence

Kairika Karsna and Paige Bromley (CSA Centre)

Child sexual abuse in 2021/22: Trends in official data

Our 2021/22 report brings together data from children’s social care, policing, criminal justice and health, to build a picture of how agencies identify and respond to child sexual abuse and provide a unique insight into the changing trends in practice.

April 2022

Research & evidence

Kairika Karsna

Child sexual abuse in 2020/2021: Trends in official data

Our 2020/21 report brings together data from children’s social care, policing, criminal justice and health, to build a picture of how agencies identify and respond to child sexual abuse and provide a unique insight into the changing trends in practice.

December 2021

Research & evidence

Nadia Wager, Alexandra Myers and Diana Parkinson

Police disruption of child sexual abuse: Findings from a national survey of frontline personnel and strategic leads for safeguarding

This research study was commissioned by the CSA Centre to explore the ways in which police forces across England and Wales seek to disrupt child sexual abuse. It uses an online survey of frontline officers and staff across 32 police force areas in England and Wales, and strategic leads across 20 forces to better understand current police practice, challenges and enablers in disrupting child sexual abuse.

December 2021

Research & evidence

Nadia Wager, Alexandra Myers and Diana Parkinson

Police disruption of child sexual abuse: A scoping review

This report sets out the findings from a scoping review of existing literature to explore the existing literature on the use of disruption measures by police forces in relation to child sexual abuse, and the effectiveness of those measures.

September 2021

Research & evidence

Jasmin Tregidga and Jo Lovett

Identifying and responding to child sexual abuse within complex safeguarding approaches: An exploratory study

This small-scale exploratory study considers the extent to which all forms of child sexual abuse feature in the work of professionals working within a complex safeguarding team. The findings highlight the complexities of language used around child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation and the challenges professions face in addressing concerns of child sexual abuse – especially without verbal disclosure - while endeavouring to build and maintain relationships of trust with young people.