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NCJ Number: 115516 Find in a Library
Title: Child Sexual Abuse: Joint Investigative Programs, Bexley Experiment, Final Report
Corporate Author: London Metropolitan Police
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 93
Sponsoring Agency: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
London Metropolitan Police
London SW14 0B6, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-11-340886-2
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
United Kingdom
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report documents the experiences of the Bexley London Borough Social Services department and the Metropolitan Police in devising a new model for the investigation of intrafamilial child sexual abuse.
Abstract: The project aimed to enhance coordination and cooperation between police and social services, improve communication and decisionmaking, increase awareness of sexual abuse and of professional roles and responsibilities, and provide protection for victims and care for the family at all stages of investigation. Other goals included reducing interview and medical examination repetition and providing improved facilities for investigation. Specialist training also was provided and innovative interview techniques were developed including video recording and the use of male/female-police officer/social worker teams. An evaluation of the training course developed for the project found that the materials provided a strong flexible framework within which to develop an effective joint approach to investigating child sexual abuse. Participants left the course with a greater awareness of their roles, responsibilities, and their attitudes toward the subject of child sexual abuse. An evaluation of the investigative team approach reached similar conclusions, but noted some tensions related to differences in social work goals and roles. Supplemental information is appended.
Main Term(s): Child abuse investigations
Index Term(s): Child abuse training programs; England; Juvenile program coordination; Police interview/interrogation of juvenile; Police-social worker cooperation
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