§ Mr. Allen
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what Government-funded research by the Economic and Social Research Council into the sexual abuse of children(a) has taken place since 1979, (b) is currently taking place and (c) is under consideration, giving the cost of each project listed.122W
Since 1979 the Economic and Social Research Council has provided funds from its grant-in-aid in support of the following research projects relating to child sexual abuse1 January 1982 to 31 December 1983: £23,130 for a project entitled "The Social Sensitivity of Abused Children and Their Mothers", under the direction of Dr. C. E. Davies and Miss R. M. Calam, department of psychology, Manchester university.1 April 1985 to 31 March 1987: £11,620 for a project entitled "A Social Anthropological Study of Cases of Child Sex Abuse in Britain", under the direction of Professor J. S. La fontaine, institute of child health, London university.1 December 1988 to 30 November 1990: £49,490 for a project entitled "Child Sex Abuse", under the direction of Dr. N. G. Fielding and Ms. J. Tunstall, department of sociology, university of Surrey. [In progress].1 January 1989 to 31 December 1990: £44,842 for a project entitled "The Effect of Social Worker/Family Relationships on Child Abuse Case Outcomes", under the direction of Dr. T. K. Pitcairn, department of social policy and social work, Edinburgh university. [in progress].
A further grant of £43,000 has recently been awarded to Dr. L. Kelly, polytechnic of north London, for a 20-month project to begin later this year, entitled "The Prevalence of Child Abuse in the UK". The council is giving consideration to the possibility of a new research initiative in this area.