Sexual abuse: a public health challenge What we know about the causes, prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse
Recent NSPCC research has found that almost a quarter of young adults experienced sexual abuse during childhood (see sexual abuse statistics).
But a high number of these incidents go unreported, undetected, unprosecuted and untreated.
This report pulls together current knowledge on the causes and consequences of child sexual abuse, levels of service provision and examples of good practice within the UK and highlights the gaps in public policy.
It draws on a literature review and consultation with practitioners, managers, children and young people.
The report calls for a public health approach to tackling sexual abuse which employs a wide range of interventions from prevention strategies to treatment approaches. It sets out the rationale for how and why the NSPCC is tackling sexual abuse.
Authors: Jon Brown, Trish O'Donnell and Marcus Erooga
Other research and resources
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? 2017
How safe are our children? 2017 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 2017.
Child abuse and neglect in the UK today
Estimating the costs of child sexual abuse in the UK
Child sexual exploitation: learning from case reviews
No one noticed, no one heard
Qualitative study of children, young people and 'sexting'
Experiences of 11-16 year olds on social networking sites
Online abuse: learning from case reviews
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