Parent/Guardian Survey

Identifying and Responding to the Unique Needs of Families of Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery

Returning Participants

If you have already started the survey, please enter your key here, then click "Continue":


Thank you for taking the time to consider completing this survey.

This survey is being carried out by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the protection of all children. We are committed to understanding the experiences of those affected by child sexual abuse imagery offences, sharing what we learn and using what we learn to advocate for meaningful change. By better understanding your experiences, we will be in a position to support the countless individuals who have been affected by this crime, including those who have not yet been identified.

This survey is for protective parents and guardians whose children experienced child sexual abuse that was recorded (images or videos). The survey questions are designed to gather information about your experience and are not intended to identify you directly. You will not be asked to provide your name or the name of anyone else.

Your input on this subject is critically important to drive change on this issue. By having a child(ren) that has been affected by child sexual abuse imagery, you are uniquely able to provide valuable insight on this critical issue. We are certain that the results from this groundbreaking survey will help ensure greater and more meaningful support is provided to victims and their families.

We recognize that family members other than parents/guardians may wish to complete the survey in order to share their experience, and we welcome them to do so. While the wording used within the survey questions is directed towards parents and guardians, please think of the questions based on your experience and relationship with the child(ren).

Victims who are 18 years of age or older and have emotional supports in place may wish to provide their input directly by completing the Survivor Survey available at

We appreciate the sensitivity of the information we are asking for and assure you that we are committed to protecting the privacy of all participants at all times. More information about our privacy commitment is included in the Informed Consent section below.

Completing the survey

The survey is designed to allow you to provide as much or as little detail about your experience as you wish. As such, the amount of time it takes to complete the survey will be dependent upon how much you wish to share. Briefly:

  • The survey is separated into sections. At the start of each section, we have explained the nature of the questions and why we are seeking this specific information.
  • You can skip any questions you do not wish to answer. You will also have the ability to skip individual sections if you do not feel comfortable responding.
  • You can take a break anytime during the survey. Your responses are saved automatically as you respond and when you wish to take a break you will be issued a unique key that you can use to log back in later to finish the survey.
  • You are welcome and encouraged to have a support person with you while you fill out the survey.

For each question, please respond with as much detail as you are comfortable with – taking care not to include identifying details such as names.

If you have any questions or concerns as you go through this process, or feel your or your child(ren)’s experience may not be understood through the process (e.g., if your child(ren) has been victimized by child sexual abuse by different offenders at various points in their life), please do not hesitate to include that in your written responses, or contact us through the link at the bottom of the survey page.

If you wish to speak to a representative from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to discuss the survey or any questions in the survey, please email us at

NOTE: Throughout the survey, we have primarily used the term “child sexual abuse imagery.” For clarity, when using this term, we are referencing what is often referred to legally as “child pornography.” Recognizing that the term “child pornography” may minimize the abuse, we believe the term “child sexual abuse imagery” more appropriately describes the abuse. Within child sexual abuse imagery, we are including still images/photographs, videos, live-streamed content, audio and written stories/content.