Child sexual abuse is widespread and often an element of many other social difficulties. This book outlines a number of different ways professionals can help, particularly focusing on the role of social workers and mental health professionals. It describes how professional intervention can improve the outcome for sexually abused children and their families. It is based on extensive evidence-based research and includes summaries of the implications for practice. Funded by a grant from the Department of Health and reviewed by an expert advisory group, this book covers the child protection process and psychological treatments in a clear and accessible format.
Background factors in childhood sexual abuse. Associated problems for a child who has been sexually abused. The referral and early planning. The investigation and initial assessment. Child protection conference. Comprehensive assessment and planning. Implementation, review and deregistration. Psychological treatments. Measuring outcomes. Conclusions. Implications for managers, practitioners and planners and commissioners of services. References. Appendices.