Rapid evidence assessment: social & political discourses about child sexual abuse

November 1, 2016


The research team at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was seeking a Rapid Assessment (REA) that should identify, review and synthesise existing high quality literature on the social and political discourses about child SA in England and Wales from the 1940’s to the present day and should also examine the way in which those discourses may have influenced institutional responses to such abuse.

The aim of the research is to assist IICSA in understanding the ways in which evolving social discourses, norms and attitudes around childhood, child sexuality and child SA may have shaped institutional responses to the issue in different ways over time.  The insight generated by this REA will help to inform IICSA’s investigative work, and longer term reports.

CWASU was awarded this contract as a result of their expert knowledge of the subject area, a proven track record of delivering high quality REAs for government or other high profile clients and their capacity to deliver the project within challenging timescales

View the report here


  • Project Team:
    Joanna Lovett, Maddy Coy, Liz Kelly
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