The Centre recognises that in order to be successful in preventing child sexual abuse from happening, and protecting children who are experiencing abuse, we must develop a better understanding of perpetrators and perpetration.

The purpose of these exploratory studies is to increase our understanding of CSE perpetration and perpetrators and identify the strengths and limitations of research approaches. The findings will inform both focus and methodology of further much needed research.

The studies vary in their approach including: identifying findings from research to date, undertaking interviews with experts and in some cases, case file analysis, new empirical evidence on the characteristics and perspectives of individuals who sexually exploit young people.


Child sexual exploitation perpetrators research programme briefing

This briefing reflects on the learning from the series of five scoping studies commissioned by the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse concerning perpetrators of child sexual exploitation and sets out how the Centre’s next steps will build on this work.

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Young people who engage in CSE behaviours: An exploratory study

Simon Hackett, Durham University and Stephen Smith, Durham Constabulary

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Characteristics and motivations of perpetrators of child sexual exploitation: A rapid evidence assessment of research

Kate Walker, Claire Pillinger and Sarah Brown, Coventry University

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Characteristics and perspectives of adults who have sexually exploited children: Scoping research

Kate Walker, Claire Pillinger and Sarah Brown, Coventry University

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Interventions for perpetrators of child sexual exploitation: a scoping study

Caroline Drummond and Jessica Southgate, Nacro

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Interventions for perpetrators of online child sexual exploitation: a scoping review and gap analysis

Derek Perkins, Royal Holloway University of London, Hannah Merdian, University of Lincoln, Britta Schumacher, Maastricht University, Hannah Bradshaw, University of Lincoln, and Jelena Stevanovic, Maastricht University

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