Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Evidence review

This briefing is a summary of an independent review of evidence commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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This briefing is a summary of an independent review of evidence commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to inform guidance for professionals, policy makers and field workers on effective strategies to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and exploitation. The review involved desk-based research into a wide and varied range of literature on the extent, nature and consequences of child sexual abuse and exploitation and responses made to this in high-, medium- and low-income countries of the world. We included research published in English language peer-reviewed journals, ‘grey literature’, legal instruments and resolutions, policy documents, progress reports and guidance documents from 2000 to 2014. We built on a bibliography compiled by UNICEF (Reza 2012), supplemented by searches of 17 electronic research databases, websites, contents of key journals and grey literature, and articles referenced in papers read.

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