We are the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre). We want children to be able to live free from the threat and harm of sexual abuse. Our aim is to reduce the impact of child sexual abuse through improved prevention and better response.
Improving identification and response to child sexual abuse
We are a multi-disciplinary team, working closely with key partners from academic institutions, government, local authorities, health, education, police and the voluntary sector. Our focus is on supporting professionals to improve identification and response to child sexual abuse through evidence-informed resources, training, and guidance.
Funded by the Home Office and hosted by Barnardo’s, our team collates and analyses existing research, policy, practice, and the experiences of survivors, to allow us to fill the gaps with new research, insights and analysis. We use that evidence and insight to develop new approaches and apply learning in practice through training and resources.
We believe that to properly tackle child sexual abuse we must understand its causes, scope, scale and impact. We know a lot about child sexual abuse and have made progress in dealing with it, but there are still many gaps in our knowledge and understanding which limit how effectively we are tackling the issue.
By professionals, researchers, policymakers, businesses and communities working together, we believe that we can tackle child sexual abuse.
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18 Mar 2020
“But they must have known!” Effectively working with non-abusing parents
24 Sep 2021
“Data outputs are only as good as the information that the practitioners enter into the system”
26 Nov 2021
“We mustn’t rely on a child to tell us verbally in order to take action”
15 Mar 2019