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The extent and nature of known cases of institutional child sexual abuse

Gallagher, Bernard (2000) The extent and nature of known cases of institutional child sexual abuse. British Journal of Social Work, 30 (6). pp. 795-817. ISSN 00453102

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Abstract

The sexual abuse of children by persons who work with them - institutional abuse - is a focus of major concern among policy makers, practitioners and the public. Despite this, knowledge about it remains limited. This paper presents findings from a study of institutional abuse cases referred to social service departments or the police in eight local authority areas. While such cases were relatively uncommon and constituted a small proportion of all child protection referrals, some involved large numbers of victims and abusers. Institutional abuse cases in the present study shared some characteristics with the majority of (intrafamilial) abuse cases, but there were also important differences, such as the proportion of male victims and the extent to which abuses used techniques of targeting and entrapment. Contrary to media representations, the institutional abuse reported here was not just a problem of children's homes, social work or the public sector, but occurred in a wide variety of settings and sectors and was perpetrated by a range of occupational groups. If all children are to be protected, then policy and practice measures to prevent abuse need to be directed towards a much wider range of institutions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2008 10:27
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2011 14:34
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/2128

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