Creative Response to Child Sexual Abuse: Challenges and Dilemmas

Creative Response to Child Sexual Abuse: Challenges and Dilemmas

by Sue Richardson
     
 

Despite heightened media attention and the increase in professional knowledge about child abuse, many children are still being failed by the system. This book addresses indepth the acute practice dilemmas concerning children who despite the climate of increased awareness, multi-disciplinary cooperation and legislative and procedural change, cannot easily be protected… See more details below

Overview

Despite heightened media attention and the increase in professional knowledge about child abuse, many children are still being failed by the system. This book addresses indepth the acute practice dilemmas concerning children who despite the climate of increased awareness, multi-disciplinary cooperation and legislative and procedural change, cannot easily be protected.

Drawing on lessons from the major inquiries into child sexual abuse in the 1990s and using attachment theory as a theoretical framework, the contributors (who include mothers and survivors as well as a range of professionals) give guidelines for working with the children - in particular those who, unable to disclose their experience themselves, are the most difficult to support.

Illustrated throughout with case material and informed by the experiences of survivors themselves the book presents a model for well managed and resourced, flexible and integrated intervention with children, their families, and the community that will enable professionals and families to work together to break the 'cycle of abuse'.

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Reviewer: Naomi F. Sugar, MD (Harborview Medical Center)
Description: In 1987 in Leeds, England, a large-scale child abuse investigation was launched following the medical diagnosis of physical abnormalities in more than 120 children. Many of these children were removed from their homes pending and following social service investigations. A later governmental inquiry, called the Cleveland Inquiry, concluded that the methods of investigation were flawed. This book is a compilation of essays on child sexual abuse disclosure, treatment, and the effect on the professionals in the field. Most of the contributors were directly involved in the Cleveland cases.
Purpose: The goal is to address difficult areas of theory and practice in child abuse.
Audience: The intended audience is professionals in child abuse. The chapter authors include recognized professionals and two individuals who wrote under pseudonyms. This book is of limited interest to medical professionals, even child abuse specialists. Because the book has such imprecise direction, it also is of little use to students in the field.
Features: Chapters vary both in quality internal cohesion. A chapter by Heather Bacon on attachment and child abuse is a well thought out overview of this important area. Another chapter by the same author regarding traumatized children in foster care is informative. However, other chapters are difficult to understand or polemical. The only chapter on medical issues, by Dr. Jane Wynne, is worth reading as memoir of her professional experience. Many authors include multiple brief case histories: rather than enlivening the narrative, these are so brief that they raise questions about how conclusions of abuse were achieved. The assumption runs throughout the book that children who have nonspecific but suggestive physical signs or behaviors should be considered children who are "not yet able to disclose." There is no discussion of interviewing techniques for children when abuse is suspected. There is no discussion of differential diagnosis for nonspecific signs or behaviors.
Assessment: This book may be of interest to professionals who were directly involved in the Cleveland investigation, and may hold some interest for those who were involved in similar investigations in the United States (McMartin preschool, Wenatchee Washington). However, the essays too often fail to provide clear analysis, critique, or direction for further study or policy. There are many better choices in this field.
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British therapists, activists, a politician, and a journalist offer insights into the problem of child abuse and approaches to reducing it. Many cite the 1987 Cleveland County child abuse crisis as a watershed in public awareness and concern. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853028847
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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