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Child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities


We want to learn about the views and experiences of ethnic minority communities, particularly people from Caribbean, African and Asian ethnicities, 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 ethnic minority communities.

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


Child sexual abuse affects all communities but there is a lack of information on how child sexual abuse affects ethnic minority communities specifically. The Inquiry wants to improve engagement with ethnic minority 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 ethnic minority 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 ethnic minority communities on, and experiences of, interactions with institutions in relation to child sexual abuse (for example, education, support services, police).

In particular, we are interested in hearing from people from Caribbean, African and Asian backgrounds, as research has shown that it might be especially difficult for people in these communities to report child sexual abuse and get the right kind of support.

We have commissioned the Race Equality Foundation to carry out focus groups with members of different ethnic minority communities within a small number of case study areas in England and Wales. They may also conduct some one to one interviews. The Race Equality Foundation will also provide expert advice to the Inquiry throughout the research project.

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


  • Ethnic minority communities
  • Barriers and support
  • Interactions with institutions


  • Autumn 2019: Fieldwork
  • Autumn 2020: Report published


  • Research report: forthcoming
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