A study of children and young people’s experiences of help-seeking and support after child sexual abuse in the family
The Making Noise research project looked at the perspectives of children and young people affected by child sexual abuse (CSA) in the family environment.
The research aimed to improve understanding of the experiences of children and young people in recognising, identifying and disclosing CSA in the family environment; ways in which they seek help and support; their experience of contact with services as a result of reporting CSA; and seeking children and young people’s views on how such processes could be improved.
53 children and young people aged 6 to 19 years who were receiving support for experiences of CSA in the family environment took part in the study as well as 30 participants aged 14 to 19 who attended three focus groups for young people from minority ethnic communities, disabled young people, and boys and young men. Survey data was also collected from 75 respondents aged 11 to 17 years.
The study was commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner for England and carried out in 2015/16 by staff from the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, at the University of Bedfordshire in partnership with the NSPCC.