Creative Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Challenges and Dilemmas

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Sue Richardson, Heather Bacon
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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Despite heightened media attention and the increase in professional knowledge about child abuse, many children are still being failed by the system. Using attachment theory as a foundation, this book addresses in depth the acute practice dilemmas concerning children who, despite the climate of increased awareness, multi-disciplinary cooperation and legislative and procedural change, cannot easily be protected. The contributors give guidelines for working with the children, in particular those who, unable to disclose their experience themselves, are the most difficult to support. Illustrated throughout with case material and informed by the experiences of survivors themselves, the book presents a framework for well managed and resourced, flexible and integrated intervention with children, their families, and the community that will enable professionals and families to work together to break the cycle of abuse'.

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Sue Richardson is a qualified and experienced social worker, family therapist and psychotherapist with nearly 30 years' specialist experience of the impact of childhood trauma, family breakdown, the child care system and child protection issues. Heather Bacon is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years' experience, working in the NHS in a child and family mental health team and specialising in the area of child protection.

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