Multiagency Response to Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Case Study that Explores the Role of a Specialist Centre

Lindsay Voss, Helen Rushforth, Catherine Powell
2017 Child Abuse Review  
This study explores the role of a specialist centre in responding to actual or suspected childhood sexual abuse. Children, families and professionals from several agencies are required to navigate an intricate journey when abuse is suspected to have occurred. Through the application of case study research methods in which a specialist centre forms 'the case', the complexities of the journey are explored. The literature review highlights the emergent nature of 'knowledge' about specialist
more » ... n's centres. To inform the research study, papers that focus on children and families' experience of the multiagency response, the rate of positive medical findings on examination and their relationship with criminal justice outcomes are examined. The available literature relating to the nursing role in responding to child sexual abuse is also reviewed. This case study comprises three data sets: 1) Sixty children (0-17 years) who attended the Centre following suspected sexual abuse were 'tracked' to ascertain reasons for referral, type of examination undertaken and outcomes in terms of health status, social care input and criminal justice actions. 2) Semi structured interviews with 16 professionals (paediatricians, nurses, police officers and social workers) in which their perceptions of the centre were explored. 3) Analysis of patient and parent/carer satisfaction questionnaires.
doi:10.1002/car.2489 fatcat:l433htafc5h4tedbmhfoje3pom