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Characteristics and perspectives of adults who have sexually exploited children: Scoping research

Child sexual exploitation perpetrators research programme, report 3

There is a lack of information about individuals who perpetrate child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences. This report describes one of three research projects commissioned by the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse to build an evidence base about this population.

The projects’ aims were to:

  • investigate the characteristics of those who commit CSE
  • identify the nature and dynamics of their behaviours, their motivations and the way they target and exploit their victims.

The report will be of interest to frontline practitioners, service providers, commissioners of services, policy makers, researchers and academics.