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

Gekoski, Anna, Horvath, Miranda A. H. ORCID: 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 [Article] (doi:10.1108/JCRPP-06-2015-0023)

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– 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.

– 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.

– 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.

– 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:
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Depositing User: Natasa Blagojevic-Stokic
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 11:13
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 15:29

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