The effectiveness and impact of the child protection and criminal justice systems in cases of intrafamilial child sexual abuse

Gekoski, Anna and Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Davidson, Julia (2016) The effectiveness and impact of the child protection and criminal justice systems in cases of intrafamilial child sexual abuse. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 2 (1). pp. 54-66. ISSN 2056-3841

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Abstract

Purpose
– The purpose of this paper is to report on the findings from a study commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) in England, concerning intrafamilial child sexual abuse (IFCSA)/incest. Specifically, it aims to explore the evidence about child protection and criminal justice responses to victims of IFCSA in the UK and where the gaps in these approaches lie.

Design/methodology/approach
– A Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) was used, the function of which is to: search the literature as comprehensively as possible within given time constraints; collate descriptive outlines of the available evidence on a topic and critically appraise it; sift out studies of poor quality; and provide an overview of the evidence. Over 57,000 documents were scanned, and 296 ultimately systematically analysed.

Findings
– It was found that children may be re-victimised by various aspects of “the system” and professionals within it, including social workers, police officers, and lawyers.

Research limitations/implications
– A REA is not a full systematic review, differing in the scope and depth of the searches and depending almost exclusively on electronic databases, not accompanied by searching journals by hand.

Originality/value
– The findings of this research provide the evidence-base for a new two-year inquiry into the subject of IFCSA by the OCC.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 19010
Notes on copyright: This is an author accepted manuscript version of an article made available in this repository in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The final version is published by Emerald in the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice and is available at: http://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-06-2015-0023
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Depositing User: Natasa Blagojevic-Stokic
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 11:13
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 17:44
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19010

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