Sexual abuse Research and resources

Below is a selection of our child protection research, leaflets, guidance, evaluations and safeguarding resources on sexual abuse.

Keeping children safe - The Underwear Rule

A simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.


How safe are our children? 2015

A compendium of all the latest UK child abuse and child protection data for 2015.


"Always there when I need you": ChildLine annual review 2014-15

The issues children and young people contacted ChildLine about in 2014-15.


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News and opinion - School-based education programmes for the prevention of child sexual abuse

Summary of a review of research literature by Cochrane into what works in running sexual abuse prevention programmes in schools.


Preventing child sexual abuse: towards a national strategy

Why we must take action together to stop child sexual abuse before it occurs. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series. 


Assessing the risk: protecting the child: evaluation report

Evaluation of whether an NSPCC assessment guide helps protect children from sexual abuse. Part of the NSPCC's Impact and evidence series.


What can I do?

Parents' guide to recognising the signs of sexual abuse in children.



Child abuse and neglect - Harmful sexual behaviour

Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour harm themselves and others.



Child abuse and neglect - Child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.


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