Research Requests and Information for Students
We are committed to undertaking and supporting research into child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. It is vital that we build a stronger evidence base about how children can be best protected from sexual harm in different settings – online, at home, in organisation settings and in communities.
One of the ways we contribute to professional knowledge and learning is by considering requests from students and researchers for access to our service users and staff.
Demand on our services means that we have limited capacity to collaborate with researchers, students and other interested parties. We are managing a large number of research projects and collaborations and do not expect to be able to support new research requests before Autumn 2024.
our research application review process
Requests need to align with our research priorities. These are:
- understanding the impact of our service delivery (our helpline, group work, assessments, interventions, work with children and young people)
- increasing accessibility of our services
- learning about pathways into – and out of - sexual offending
- deterrence, early help and prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation
Our internal research team considers requests for research collaborations and coordinates the ethics application review process.
Please email research requests including a short description of your project to email@example.com. Please tell us about:
- aims – include clear research questions and aims
- methodology – be clear about your methodology, regarding any participants you wish to access, how many participants will be required, the data you wish to collect (for example through surveys or interviews), the proposed start and end date, and the location of the research (for example. office based, online survey etc.)
- participants – if you want to interview service users, please provide information of your experience of working or interacting with a forensic population. We will be unable to provide access to service users to those without this experience
- required resources – include the role you want us to play, for example participant recruitment, access to staff. Please estimate how much of our time you need and tell us whether you have access to funding that would allow us to pay clients or staff for their time.
Sending us this information does not guarantee that we will be able to assist you. The research team will be able to advise you on next steps and answer any questions.
Our research page has details of our research and publications.
Our annual reports and media articles and interviews have public comments that we have made.
We also have more information about our services.
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