It's a lonely journey: a rapid evidence assessment on intrafamilial child sexual abuse

Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Davidson, Julia and Grove-Hills, Julie and Gekoski, Anna and Choak, Clare (2014) It's a lonely journey: a rapid evidence assessment on intrafamilial child sexual abuse. Project Report. Office of the Children's Commissioner, London, UK.

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Abstract

This Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) was commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) and conducted by Middlesex University. It centres on concerns about the level of child sexual abuse within the family environment (referred to in this report as ‘intrafamilial child sexual abuse or IFCSA) and how such abuse is being addressed by the child protection system and the criminal justice system.

The OCC recently completed a two year Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups. This found that:

…so many young people told us…of their early histories of being sexually abused within the family home and of their experiences never being acknowledged (Berelowitz, Clifton, Firmin, Gulyurtlu and Edwards, 2013, p.96).

This concern has prompted the OCC to undertake a new two year Inquiry into child sexual abuse in the family environment. This REA will inform and provide the evidence base for this Inquiry.

The aims of the REA are, broadly, to investigate the prevalence and impact of child sexual abuse within the family environment and to investigate the extent to which the child protection system and criminal justice system are adequately identifying and attending to the needs of victims.

This piece of work is important and necessary due to questions surrounding the possible under-reporting of child sexual abuse within the family environment and the apparent lack of research which captures the direct views of victims of in regards to their experiences of the child protection system and criminal justice system.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Keywords (uncontrolled): Child Sexual Abuse; Infrafamilial; Rapid Evidence Assessment
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research group
Item ID: 13688
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Depositing User: Miranda Horvath
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 15:14
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 15:33
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13688

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