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Child sexual abuse in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities

Summary

We want to learn about the views and experiences of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in relation to child sexual abuse.

  • To support the Inquiry’s understanding of how child sexual abuse affects different communities in England and Wales, we are carrying out new research that will hear specifically from BAME communities.

  • This is important so that we can ensure that responses to child sexual abuse meet the needs of BAME communities.

Background

Child sexual abuse affects all communities but there is a lack of information on how child sexual abuse affects BAME communities specifically. The Inquiry wants to improve engagement with BAME communities and is seeking their views on child sexual abuse and institutional responses to child sexual abuse.  

What the research is about

We particularly want to find out more about:

  • barriers to disclosure and reporting of child sexual abuse in BAME communities in England and Wales.

  • the nature of support victims and survivors in these communities receive in relation to child sexual abuse.

  • the views of individuals from BAME communities on, and experiences of, interactions with institutions in relation to child sexual abuse (for example, education, support services, police).

We will do this by holding focus groups with members of different BAME communities within a small number of case study areas in England and Wales. We may also conduct some one to one interviews.

To inform the research, we will carry out a literature review of existing research relevant to this topic. The findings of the literature review will also be included in the final research report for the project.

Implications for the work of the Inquiry

The Inquiry is committed to engaging with different communities in order to understand how they may experience child sexual abuse and institutional responses to it. This research will support the wider work of the Inquiry.

 

 

Types of research

  • Literature review
  • Qualitative primary research
  • Focus groups
  • Interviews

Keywords

  • BAME communities
  • Barriers and support
  • Interactions with institutions

Timeline

  • Autumn 2019: Fieldwork
  • Autumn 2020: Report published

Outputs

  • Research report: forthcoming
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