To a large extent, child sexual abuse remains hidden despite increasing levels of awareness and attention in the media. This introduction presents what we know about child sexual abuse, how much there is, the causes and effects, what can be done to treat victims and offenders, and how it can be prevented.
NSPCC research has found that nearly a quarter of young adults experienced sexual abuse during childhood.
Find out what research tells us with our research briefings on:
The governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Europe set out guidelines for professionals working to protect children from child sexual abuse.
The NSPCC delivers five services specifically around child sexual abuse in addition to our generic services for the public and professionals.
Find out about practice resources for working with: