Child sexual abuse

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) has published its annual report measuring the scale and changing nature of child sexual abuse (CSA) and exploitation in England and Wales. Analysis of data from local authority children’s services and criminal justice agencies for the year 2017/18 show that: there is substantial variation in local and regional reporting of child sexual abuse; there have been consistent increases in police recording of CSA offences, with recent jumps in offences related to child sexual exploitation and grooming; and the current statutory data provides little information about the victims, perpetrators and contexts of CSA. The report calls on the government to commit to commissioning a regular CSA prevalence study.

Source: CSA Centre Date: 04 July 2019

Further information: Measuring the scale and changing nature of child sexual abuse: analysis of 2017/18 official and agency data (PDF)

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