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NCJ Number: 163327 Find in a Library
Title: Resolutions: Working With Families Where Responsibility for Abuse Is Denied
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1996)  Pages:191-201
Author(s): S Essex; J Gumbleton; C Luger
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 11
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Current thinking suggests that little productive work can be undertaken with families where serious physical or sexual abuse of children has occurred in the absence of a clear acceptance of responsibility for that abuse.
Abstract: This means that children may be removed from their families due to perceived risks, with the associated disadvantages of local authority care. Alternatively, children may be left in the same environment where serious abuse has occurred and little or no work has been undertaken with the family. Either of these approaches fails children, especially those who have made clear and believable allegations in the hope of effecting change and protection. A pilot project in Bristol, England, is described that involved families where the alleged abuser disputed responsibility for child maltreatment. Key to the project's approach were the support of nonabusing caregivers and children and the concerns of professional agencies. The project had two main phases; the first phase looked for structural change in the organization of family life, while the second phase asked caregivers to role play a similar hypothetical family where child abuse had been established. The project enabled difficult issues associated with abuse to be addressed and provided an opportunity for caregivers to express thoughts and feelings to their partners regarding abuse. 27 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse prevention; Child protection services; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crime in foreign countries; Crimes against children; Criminal responsibility; England; Sexual assault victims; Victims in foreign countries
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