Sexual abuse Research and resources

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

Getting help

What children are telling Childline about their opinions and wishes for delivery of therapeutic services for sexual abuse.

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It’s Time: campaign report

Why we’re campaigning for every child who has experienced abuse to receive the support they need.

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Neglect and its relationship to other forms of harm

Findings from 3 linked evidence scopes investigating the relationship between child neglect and other forms of maltreatment. Makes evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice.

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It turned out someone did care: Childline annual review 2015-16

The issues children and young people contacted Childline about in 2015/16.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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What can I do?

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

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Child sex offender disclosure scheme

NSPCC factsheet explaining the child sex offender disclosure scheme (aka Sarah's Law) in England and Wales, why it was developed and how to use the scheme to access information.

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Our research and resources on related topics

Harmful sexual behaviour

Our child protection research, guidance, evaluations and safeguarding resources on harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).

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Child sexual exploitation

Read our research, reports and resources about child sexual exploitation (CSE) including learning from case reviews. 

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Online abuse

Read our research and reports on online abuse.

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Support for professionals

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We hold the UK's largest collection of child protection resources and the only UK database specialising in published material on child protection, child abuse and child neglect.

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Helping you keep children safe

Read our guide for professionals on what we do and the ways we can work with you to protect children and prevent abuse and neglect.

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Impact and evidence

Find out how we evaluate and research the impact we’re making in protecting children, get tips and tools for researchers and access resources.

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Sharing knowledge to keep children safe

Read our guide to the NSPCC Knowledge and Information Service to find out how we can help you with child protection queries, support your research, and help you learn and develop.

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