Publications & Resources

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

March 2021

Research & evidence

Nasreen Ali, Jabeer Butt and Melanie Phillips (Race Equality Foundation)

Improving responses to the sexual abuse of Black, Asian and minority ethnic children

A small scale study produced for the CSA Centre by the Race Equality Foundation (REF) to explore the perspectives of professionals working with children from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who have experienced child sexual abuse. The research consisted of interviews with 16 professionals working in the voluntary sector and across local authorities.

September 2020

Research & evidence

CSA Centre

Responding to child sexual abuse: Learning from children’s services in Wales – Briefing and recommendations

This briefing summarises the key findings from the Responding to child sexual abuse: Learning from children’s services in Wales full report, and outlines the CSA Centre’s recommendations for changes to local and national policy and practice in response.

September 2020

Research & evidence

Susan Roberts (Swansea University)

Responding to child sexual abuse: Learning from children’s services in Wales – report

This report sets out to build a better understanding of the scale of child sexual abuse encountered by local authority children’s services in Wales, and to explore how child sexual abuse is identified, recorded and responded to. It was commissioned and co-funded by the CSA Centre and the Welsh Government, and forms part of the actions listed in 2019’s Welsh Government National Action Plan: Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse.

March 2020

Research & evidence

CSA Centre and the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, Middlesex University

A new typology of child sexual abuse offending

This report presents a new typology of child sexual abuse offending. The new typology of child sexual abuse focuses on the context of offending and drawing out types that reflect different patterns of offending, rather than by focusing on the characteristics of the perpetrator or the victim. The focus of this typology is on offending by adults (18 and over).

March 2020

Research & evidence

Polly Pascoe and Evelyn Sharples

Developing a typology of child sexual abuse offending: A rapid review of methods used in empirical studies

A rapid review of the empirical studies describing typologies of child sexual abuse offending and how they were developed. This review focuses on methodology, and it seeks to identify common limitations of earlier studies and typologies, and how these might be addressed. The findings from the rapid review, outlined here, are used to inform the CSA Centre work to develop a new typology.

January 2020

Research & evidence

CSA Centre

Mapping current research January 2020 into child sexual abuse: Updated survey findings

The results of the CSA Centre's survey with the aim of building an understanding of the current research landscape related to child sexual abuse and exploitation. The survey was first conducted in 2018 and was repeated in mid-2019, and the findings from both surveys are presented in this report. They provide an insight into the types and forms of research currently being undertaken within the field of child sexual abuse, and the presence of any gaps.

October 2019

Research & evidence

CSA Centre

Effectiveness of services for sexually abused children and young people: research programme briefing

This briefing paper brings together key findings from a suite of three studies carried out as part of our ‘Understanding Effectiveness’ programme of research, which built on our previous work in order to, improve understanding of the effectiveness of services responding to child sexual abuse, and suggest how the CSA Centre can further contribute to this.

October 2019

Research & evidence

Di McNeish, Liz Kelly and Sara Scott

Effectiveness of services for sexually abused children and young people report 1: A knowledge review

The knowledge review was undertaken by DMSS Research in partnership with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University, between July and December 2018. The report outlines the current landscape of service provision, identifies core elements of effective practice in the field, and outlines the implications for the feasibility of multi-service evaluation.

October 2019

Research & evidence

Diana Parkinson and Rosaline Sullivan

Effectiveness of services for sexually abused children and young people report 2: A survey of service providers

This report sets out the findings from an online survey of 50 organisations that were providing specific support to children and young people at risk of or had experienced child sexual abuse, or specifically targeting child sexual abuse, including child sexual exploitation, sometimes alongside wider services. It asked them about the type of services they delivered, the children and young people they worked with, the aspects of service delivery that they considered to be most effective, the challenges they faced and the way they evaluated their services.

October 2019

Research & evidence

Anita Franklin, Louise Bradley and Geraldine Brady (Coventry University)

Effectiveness of services for sexually abused children and young people report 3: Perspectives of service users with learning difficulties or experience of care

This study uses interviews with 10 young people with learning difficulties and a further 10 young people with experience of being in care to learn more about the effectiveness of child sexual abuse support services. All the young people had accessed services, and were recruited by the providers of those services for this research.