Publications available now

Key messages from research on child sexual abuse, including intra-familial abuse, harmful sexual behaviour and child sexual exploitation

Improving understanding of the scale and nature of child sexual abuse

How to support parents of sexually exploited young people: An evidence review

Exploratory study on the use of tools and checklists to assess risk of CSE

Responding to child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy

Local commissioning  of services addressing child sexual abuse and exploitation in England

Five exploratory studies on child sexual exploitation perpetration 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.

Other work strands underway

Longer-term priorities and plans


We aren’t starting from scratch: a body of research and practice development has developed over the years that we can build on. We want to make sure we put our energy into the areas where we can add most value. That’s why we asked professionals working in the field what we should focus on.

Details and report on our consultation on our priorities