Measuring the scale and changing nature of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. Scoping report

Kelly, Liz and Karsna, Kairika (2017) Measuring the scale and changing nature of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. Scoping report. Project Report. Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA)/London Metropolitan University, London.

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A key aim of the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA) is to increase understanding and awareness of the scale and nature of child sexual abuse (CSA). This paper forms the background to reaching current best estimates for both CSA and child sexual exploitation (CSE), as part of a strand of work which seeks to improve measurement and identify gaps in knowledge.

The aims for this piece of work were to:

• Establish a best estimate of the scale of CSA/E, drawing on the current evidence base and informed by expert input on the quality, reliability and extrapolation potential of this data. As far as possible, estimates should be provided at national and local level in England and Wales.
• Keep abreast of future changes in data collection, providing informed comment as needed on the interpretation of new data.
• Make proposals for a feasible new methodological framework to assess the scale of CSA/E and its various forms, building on current promising approaches and adding innovative methods.
• Review promising practice in recording. Where reporting is high, what are the reporting and recording procedures followed? Possible case matching of areas with similar demographics but different practices and reported levels of CSA/E.

At the heart of being able to distinguish between CSA and CSE is the issue of definitions, so we begin there. This is followed by a section on prevalence data and then exploration of official data sources.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: child sexual abuse (CSA); child sexual exploitation (CSE)
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Generic CWASU
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 10:24
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 16:04


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