Child sexual abuse and exploitation: knowledge, confidence and training within a contemporary UK social work practice and policy context

Kwhali, J., Martin, L., Brady, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-3431-6543 and Brown, S.J., 2016. Child sexual abuse and exploitation: knowledge, confidence and training within a contemporary UK social work practice and policy context. British Journal of Social Work, 46 (8), pp. 2208-2226. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

In 2014, research was undertaken to examine social workers’ confidence, understanding and awareness of child sexual abuse (CSA) as it was suggested that a decline in numbers of reported incidents might be due to a decline in levels of understanding and awareness. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty-five first-line, middle and senior managers and two chairs of local safeguarding boards across six local authorities in England. Focus groups were conducted with fifty-four social workers. Key themes revealed a complex array of issues, ranging from the diverse forms of CSA and exploitation that social workers are required to address, the variable support and training available, and the inter-disciplinary nature of much of the work. Although social workers undertake this important work with a strong sense of commitment and concern for children, they face a number of challenges. Paradoxically, whilst their work on these cases is the source of intense scrutiny, the training, support and supervision, and role clarity required to undertake this work well are often overlooked. The aim of this paper is to discuss the research findings and to identify implications for social work practice, training, multi-agency work and future research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: British Journal of Social Work
Creators: Kwhali, J., Martin, L., Brady, G. and Brown, S.J.
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Date: December 2016
Volume: 46
Number: 8
ISSN: 0045-3102
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1093/bjsw/bcw154DOI
1281728Other
Rights: © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Lee Houghton
Date Added: 26 May 2021 15:30
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:02
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42925

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