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IICSA published its final Report in October 2022. This website was last updated in January 2023.

Society research


As part of our understanding of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts, we wanted to learn more about perceptions and understanding of child sexual abuse in relation to experiences, disclosure and reporting, and responses to such offences within society. 

Ethnic Minority Communities 

Research into child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities sought to:

  • Explore how ethnic minority communities perceive and experience barriers to disclosing and reporting child sexual abuse, their experiences of institutions, and the nature of support they receive. 

Social and political discourses

Research into social and political discourses about child sexual abuse sought to:

  • Review the evidence to understand what the social and political discourses around child sexual abuse, and the ways in which these discourses may have influenced responses to child sexual abuse by institutions. 

How jurisdictions operate 

Research into jurisdictions in relation to child sexual abuse, sought to:

  • Commission the University of Central Lancashire to review how jurisdictions outside of England and Wales approach preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.
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