Estimating the costs of child sexual abuse in the UK A calculation of the costs of providing services to children affected by sexual abuse
This report attempts to calculate the overall costs of child sexual abuse in the UK. It estimates that child sexual abuse cost £3.2bn in 2012.
It uses research literature to calculate the number of victims who are affected by the different issues, and uses published current costs for the service provision. It sets out the assumptions that have been made, the costs that have been excluded from the calculations, and the limitations of the available data.
Author: Aliya Saied-Tessier
This report estimates that child sexual abuse cost £3.2bn in 2012.
The costs of child sexual abuse come from:
- health (mental health problems and adult physical health problems from alcohol and drug misuse)
- criminal justice service (dealing with both the sex offenders and also victims of child sexual abuse who become involved in criminal activity)
- services for children (children’s social care)
- loss of productivity to society (unemployment or reduced earnings).
It is difficult to calculate exact costs because child sexual abuse can take a number of different forms, and can affect victims in a number of different ways. We also do not know exactly how many children experience sexual abuse.
The report uses research literature to calculate the number of victims who are affected by the different issues, and uses published current costs for the service provision. It sets out the assumptions that have been made, the costs that have been excluded from the calculations, and the limitations of the available data.
|Prevalence costs vs. incidence costs||6|
|Impacts of child sexual abuse||11|
|Prevalence of child sexual abuse||13|
|Human and emotional costs||20|
Please cite as: Saied-Tessier, A. (2014) Estimating the costs of child sexual abuse in the UK. London: NSPCC.
Preventing child sexual abuse: towards a national strategy
Social workers' knowledge and confidence when working with cases of child sexual abuse
How safe are our children? 2016
How safe are our children? 2016 is the NSPCC's third annual report that compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the four nations in the UK for 2016.
Sexual abuse: a public health challenge
Child sexual exploitation: learning from case reviews
Costs and consequences of child maltreatment
Helpline highlight: the under-reporting of sexual abuse
Letting the Future In
Protect and Respect
Women as Protectors
Assessing the Risk, Protecting the Child
Services for children, families and professionals
Our service centres
Child sexual exploitation
What can I do?
Child abuse and neglect
Keeping children safe
Our Current Awareness Service for Practice, Policy And Research delivers free weekly email alerts to keep you up-to-date with all the latest safeguarding and child protection news.
CASPAR is currently being upgraded but you can still sign up by contacting our Information Service.
Your donation can take a child anywhere
Research like this helps keep children safe from abuse and free to dream – but we can’t do it without our generous supporters.
Follow us on Twitter and keep up-to-date with all the latest news in child protection.
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.
New in the Library
A free weekly email listing all of the new child protection publications added to our library collection.
New in the Library is currently being upgraded but you can still sign up by contacting our Information Service.
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.
Impact and evidence hub
Find out how we evaluate and research the impact we’re making in protecting children, get tips and tools for researchers and access resources.
Get expert training and consultancy
Sharing knowledge to keep children safe
Read our guide to NSPCC Knowledge and Information Services to find out how we can help you with child protection queries, support your research, and help you learn and develop.