We're delighted to bring you the first Bulletin by the CRN Special Interest Group on Child Sexual Abuse and Child Exploitation. This issue introduces the Group, Chair, Eimear Lacey, and Vice Chair, Joseph Mooney, presents ongoing research by members and provides an overview of Group's COVID-19 response, as well as other useful resources. The Bulletin was compiled by Joseph Mooney.

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Welcome by Special Interest Group Chair, Eimear Lacey, Principal Social Worker

The Children’s Research Network Special Interest Group on Child Sexual Abuse/Child Exploitation (CSA/CE) first met in June 2019.  This group began with an invitation to those interested in the area of research and evidence-informed practice and policy in relation to CSA/CE to come together to build networks, discuss their work, identify research gaps and explore possible collaborations. The response was overwhelmingly positive and, for me, inspiring. The potential of the group to contribute in a meaningful way is clear from the participation and energy demonstrated by all members to date. 

We have had four meetings as well as a workshop. We have worked on defining the parameters of the group, identifying goals and planning towards potential projects - and most recently on potential actions in response to COVID-19. Members include representatives of An Garda Síochána, Tusla, Children’s Hospital Ireland, as well as across academia and NGOs.

We are always open to welcoming new members into our Special Interest Group. Please get in touch via the Research Coordinator, Derina Johnson, at childrensresearchnetwork@tcd.ie