Publications & Resources

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

September 2023

Key messages from research

Sara Scott (DMSS Research)

Key messages from research on intra-familial child sexual abuse (second edition)

Our ‘Key messages from research’ papers aim to provide succinct, relevant information for frontline practitioners and commissioners. They bring together the most up-to-date research into an accessible overview, supporting confident provision of the best possible responses to child sexual abuse. This paper on child sexual abuse with family settings is an update of the original 2018 edition.

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.

May 2023

Practice resources

Natasha Sabin (CSA Centre) and Michael Sheath (Lucy Faithfull Foundation)

Managing risk and trauma after online sexual offending: A whole-family safeguarding guide

This resource is for social work practitioners and managers. It has been designed to aid their thinking and decision-making when assessing and supporting a family where a parent is under police investigation for accessing child sexual abuse material. It provides social workers with the information they need to safeguard and support the whole family at a time of great emotional distress.

March 2023

Key messages from research

Di McNeish and Sara Scott (DMSS Research)

Key messages from research on child sexual abuse in institutional contexts (second edition)

Our ‘Key messages from research’ papers aim to provide succinct, relevant information for frontline practitioners and commissioners. They bring together the most up-to-date research into an accessible overview, supporting confident provision of the best possible responses to child sexual abuse. This paper focuses on child sexual abuse within institutions or organisations, and is an update of the original 2018 version.

March 2023

Key messages from research

Fiona Vera-Gray (London Metropolitan University)

Key messages from research on the impacts of child sexual abuse

Our ‘Key messages from research’ papers aim to provide succinct, relevant information for frontline practitioners and commissioners. They bring together the most up-to-date research into an accessible overview, supporting confident provision of the best possible responses to child sexual abuse. This paper brings together learning from existing research on the impacts of child sexual abuse on victim-survivors.

February 2023

Key messages from research

Di McNeish and Sara Scott (DMSS Research)

Key messages from research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour (second edition)

Our ‘Key messages from research’ papers aim to provide succinct, relevant information for frontline practitioners and commissioners. They bring together the most up-to-date research into an accessible overview, supporting confident provision of the best possible responses to child sexual abuse. This paper focuses on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour, and is an update of the previous 2018 version.

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.

December 2022

Evaluation

CSA Centre

Improving the response to child sexual abuse in London: Learning from a pilot programme led by the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse and the London Safeguarding Children Partnership

In 2021, the CSA Centre was commissioned by the London Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) to design and deliver a holistic package of support to improve the identification and response to child sexual abuse in three London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Ealing, and Hackney. This report details the results and feedback from participants.

December 2022

Evaluation

CSA Centre

Improving the response to child sexual abuse in policing: Learning from a pilot of child sexual abuse training for frontline police officers and those in specialist child protection roles

In 2022, the CSA Centre piloted two training courses for police officers and staff to supplement existing training provision in police forces and address knowledge gaps around identifying and responding to child sexual abuse. This report details the results of the pilot and participant feedback.

November 2022

Practice resources

Diana Parkinson, adapted by Lorraine Myles (CSA Centre)

Communicating with parents and carers: A guide for education professionals when there are concerns about sexual abuse or behaviour

This guide has been developed to help safeguarding teams and wider education staff talk to and provide a supportive response to parents when concerns about sexual abuse have been raised, or when such abuse has been identified.