Systemic Approaches to Training in Child Protection

Systemic Approaches to Training in Child Protection

Systemic Approaches to Training in Child Protection

Systemic Approaches to Training in Child Protection

Synopsis

This book contributes to the debate on child sexual abuse and illuminates the trainer practitioner in the process. It shows that human services training is not built solely on scientific theory but rather on the ideology and values of the sponsoring organisation, the participants, and the trainer.

Excerpt

From the mid-1970s to the present time a marked increase in public attention has forced a sharpened debate among the social science, clinical, and legal communities on the subject of child sexual abuse. In the most optimistic scenario, one would hope that this sharpened professional and scientific debate would lead to an increased understanding of child sexual abuse and to more effective human services intervention strategies. This increased public interest and the subsequent social and scientific inquiry has often had the opposite effect. Social and court-appointed inquiries into what appears to be an ever-increasing phenomenon throughout the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada have left professional organizations, clinical experts, the courts, and communities divided. Our usual optimism in the process of scientific inquiry to illuminate both the citizenry and the policy analyst is tarnished by the scepticism produced by headlines that read, on Monday evening, "Children Never Lie in Reporting Sex Abuse, Researchers Say", and on Tuesday, in the same newspaper, "Researchers Find Children Falsely Report Sex Abuse". Even the social work, psychology, and legal scholarly literature in the area of . . .

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