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Child sexual abuse

Source: CSA Centre

Date: 14 February 2024


The CSA Centre has published a report on child sexual abuse in England and Wales. The report analyses existing data from children’s social care, policing, criminal justice and health to explore how child sexual abuse is being identified and responded to. Findings show: across the year, local authority children’s services in England recorded concerns about child sexual abuse in 33,760 assessments of children; concerns about child sexual exploitation were recorded in 15,020 assessments; and one in 10 assessments undertaken by local authorities in England recorded a concern about some form of child sexual abuse. 

Download the report: Child sexual abuse in 2022/23: trends in official data (PDF)

See also on NSPCC Learning 
Protecting children from sexual abuse


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Child safeguarding incidents

Source: Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Date: 30 January 2024


The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel for England has published its 2022/23 annual report. The report analyses data and outlines learning from serious incidents, rapid reviews, local child safeguarding practice reviews, national reviews, thematic analysis and reports. Key themes explored include: supporting critical thinking and professional challenge; impact of racial, ethnic and cultural identity on the lived experience of children; and recognising and responding to the vulnerability of babies. The Panel also provides plans for its future work. NSPCC Learning has summarised the learning from the report in a CASPAR briefing.

Read the report: Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2022 to 2023  
Read the CASPAR briefing: Summary of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel annual report 2022/23


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Safeguarding children statutory guidance

Source: DfE 

Date: 15 December 2023


The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated ‘Working together to safeguard children’ statutory guidance on multi-agency working to help keep children safe in England. The guidance applies to all organisations and agencies with functions relating to children and all education providers and childcare settings. A CASPAR briefing summarising changes to the guidance has been published on NSPCC Learning.

Read the guidance: Working together to safeguard children
Read the CASPAR briefing: Working together to safeguard children 2023: summary of changes


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Child sexual exploitation

Source: His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)

Date: 08 December 2023


The HMICFRS has published a report on the effectiveness of the police and law enforcement bodies’ response to group-based child sexual exploitation in England and Wales. Findings include: a lack of a shared clear definition for group-based child sexual exploitation; inconsistency in the quality of criminal investigations; and some examples of victim-blaming language. Recommendations include: adopting the the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA) definition of an ‘organised network’ for group-based child sexual exploitation; and chief constables should take steps to eradicate victim-blaming language in their forces.

Read/Download the report: An inspection of the effectiveness of the police and law enforcement bodies’ response to group-based child sexual exploitation in England and Wales


Read the press release: Police not doing enough to tackle group-based child sexual exploitation


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Online grooming

Source: Lucy Faithfull Foundation 

Date: 22 November 2023

The Lucy FaithFull Foundation has released a new film about online grooming as part of the Stop It Now! campaign, which offers support to adults worried about their own or someone else’s sexual thoughts about or behaviours towards children. The film discusses adults illegally engaging in sexual conversations with under-16s. It provides information about the law and consequences associated with online grooming.

Find out more: Conversations with strangers: launching our new film spotlight to deter online grooming

See also on NSPCC Learning 
Protecting children from online abuse