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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Learning about online sexual harm


The research involved three distinct data collection activities:

  • Surveys with 213 children and young people (aged 10–18 years; 59 percent female and 41 percent male), undertaken in one primary and five secondary state school settings in England and Wales.
  • Focus groups with 45 young people (aged 14–16 years; 67 percent female and 33 percent male), undertaken in three of the secondary state school settings.
  • Interviews with nine young people (aged 13–20 years; eight females and one male) who had experienced online sexual harm when aged under 18 years, undertaken in six specialist services across England.

The research design was approved by ethics committees at the University of Bedfordshire and the Inquiry.

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