The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse

The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse

The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse

The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse

Synopsis

"This book offers practical strategies for the protection of children that all parents, teachers, and anyone involved in the life of a child will find indispensable. Providing the reader with an understanding of typical/normative sexual development in children, Christiane Sanderson enables parents and teachers to distinguish this from atypical sexual development and recognize the warning signs of sexual abuse. The more knowledgeable and comfortable teachers and parents are, the easier it is for them to understand and talk openly with children about sexual development - this book offers guidance on discussing appropriate and inappropriate touching/behaviours and the dangers of sexual abuse in an age-sensitive way. The author presents information about abusers and how to protect against their attempts to gain access to a child through grooming children, parents and other adults, including up-to-date information on the use of the Internet and mobile phones. Armed with the accurate knowledge and practical guidance on child sexual abuse provided in this book, parents, teachers, and professionals will be able to confront the threat their children may face and take practical steps to protect against it." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

[It is] adults' duty to keep children safe from harm, but this is only possible if
they have sufficient information to assess when a child is at risk.

Tink Palmer, Barnardo's Policy and Practice Officer

The best way to keep your child safe is to educate yourself about child sexual
abuse. If I had known more about the warning signs maybe I could have pre
vented my daughter from being sexually abused.

Mother of sexually abused five-year-old

Each day seems to bring new revelations about child sexual abuse (CSA), child pornography or the sexual grooming of children on the Internet. As a result many parents fear for the safety of their children and yet are not adequately equipped to recognise the early warning signs of CSA, or what action to take in how best to protect their children. This book aims to address parents' and teachers' fears around CSA by exploring the true nature of CSA and how best to protect children. To truly empower parents and teachers to protect children, parents and teachers need to have access to accurate knowledge and information about the real risks of CSA.

Adults and children often have misconceptions about CSA, fuelled by high profile cases in the media, which generate overwhelming fear and anxiety, yet do not serve to help protect children. It is crucial to separate fact from fiction and dispel myths and stereotypes around CSA. One way of achieving this is to increase awareness around CSA by providing access to accurate information and knowledge. This enables parents and teachers to challenge misconceptions and myths and reveals the reality of CSA.

Awareness of CSA means that real concerns are not swept under the carpet or ignored. It enables parents and teachers to talk to children about the dangers of CSA and how best to keep them safe. Talking about CSA removes . . .

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