Child sexual abuse

These reports distil the current evidence and research on different elements of child sexual abuse.

Other ‘Key messages’ which will be published in summer 2018:

  • Institutional child sexual abuse
  • Children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours
  • Adults who commit sexual abuse against children

Child sexual exploitation

These short ‘Key messages from research’ bring together current research on child sexual exploitation with implications for practice and strategic commissioning. ‘Key messages’ include four tailored for specific professional groups and one for the multi-agency team.  Three are paired – with one for frontline practitioners and one for commissioners.

The aim is to increase professionals’ confidence in taking appropriate action based on the best current research evidence. Each ‘Key message’ looks at understanding what child sexual exploitation is and at best practice in supporting young people, disrupting and prosecuting offenders, and preventing CSE.

The researchers who produced these papers, alongside that task, produced our paper Gaps in the Knowledge Base, that highlights areas where more research is particularly needed.