Learning from jurisdictions overseas and IICSA research

Much work has already been completed in jurisdictions outside of England & Wales about preventing and responding to child sexual abuse (“CSA”). Tomorrow (12 April) the IICSA is holding a seminar about best practice overseas to coincide with the publication of a report by the University of Central Lancashire on the same topic. The seminar will be held at the International Dispute Resolution Centre, London and is open to the public to attend.

The IICSA has already commissioned a number of research projects. Tomorrow’s will be the first report to be published. As has been seen with the Royal Commission, the information contained in such reports can provide much assistance and guidance to organisations involved in safeguarding. The IICSA is currently seeking tenders for another research project it is commencing – that is in connection with what is known about the scale of online-facilitated child sexual abuse, including:

  • What measures are available for quantifying the scale of online child sexual abuse? Measures to be considered might relate to: number of identified perpetrators; number of identified victims; number of recorded offences; volume of child sexual abuse material.
  • What are the strengths and limitations of different measures?
  • What do each of these measures tell us about the scale of online CSA in England and Wales (i) currently, and (ii) over time?
  • What data sources are available for quantifying the scale of online CSA? Sources to be considered might include: crime statistics; other data held by law enforcement and partners (eg. the Internet Watch Foundation); academic research, such as large- and small-scale survey data.
  • What are the strengths and limitations of different data sources?

Tenders for this research are due by 24 April.


Written by Paula Jefferson, partner

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