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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Learning about online sexual harm

Report cover

November 2019

Helen Beckett and Camille Warrington, with Jacqui Montgomery Devlin

Commissioned and undertaken on behalf of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse


This research report has been prepared at the request of the Inquiry’s Chair and Panel. The views expressed are those of the authors alone. The research findings arising from the fieldwork do not constitute formal recommendations by the Inquiry’s Chair and Panel and are separate from legal evidence obtained in investigations and hearings.


This research report was orginally published on 14 November 2019. It was amended on 28 November as follows:

On page 2, key theme 2 was amended to clarify that children and young people need access to education for exposure to the risk of online sexual harm before spending unsupervised time online.  

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