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Child Sexual Abuse: Responding to the Experiences of Children




Child Sexual Abuse: Responding to the Experiences of Children

Nigel Parton (Editor), Corrine Wattam (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-98334-7 August 1999 256 Pages


This important volume explores children s needs in the context ofthe policy, practice, legal and organisational responses to childsexual abuse. The chapters, written by distinguished experts in thefield, provide a critical appraisal of recent developments and keydebates concerning how to respond to child sexual abuse. Theemphasis is on keeping the child central in responding to childsexual abuse, particularly in the context of refocusing children sservices . The book is organised around a series of themesidentified by survivors of sexual abuse from the NationalCommission into the Prevention of Child Abuse. These themes includejustice mediation advocacy confidentiality communication treatmenthealing & surviving family support community perpetratorsinstitutional abuse. All of these areas provide major challenges toprofessionals and health, welfare and legal agencies. The authorsprovide practitioners with suggestions on how to meet children sneeds whilst satisfying policy and procedures. This timelyvolume
* provides a child-focused exploration of children s needs
* tackles key sources of conflict in practice
* makes recommendations to practitioners for practice and policydevelopment
The book includes discussion on how far the legislative frameworkmeets the criteria for child victims/survivors of sexual abuse andsurvival and healing strategies from the survivor as expert pointof view. It also addresses issues concerned with interviewingchildren arising from the Memorandum of Good Practice. Child SexualAbuse: Responding to the Experiences of Children is an essentialresource for social work practitioners, managers and trainers,health visitors,solicitors and lawyers involved in legal work withchildren, police officers, teachers and all those on relatedcourses.
Introduction: Impediments to Implementing a Child-centred Approach(C. Wattam & N. Parton).

Justice for Children (C. Smith & K. Woodhead).

Negotiation (A. Cooper & R. Hetherington).

Advocacy and Child Protection (J. Boylan & J. Wyllie).

Confidentiality and the Social Organisation of Telling (C.Wattam).

Communication (H. Westcott).

Treatment (J. Trowell).

Coping, Surviving and Healing from Child Sexual Abuse (C. Woodward& D. Fortune).

'Don't Just Do It': Children's Access to Help and Protection (M.MacLeod).

Family Support (L. Colclough, et al.).

Child Sexual Abuse and the Community (B. Jordan).

Institutional Abuse (B. Gallagher).

Working with Abusers to Protect Children (M. Erooga & H.Masson).