The effectiveness and impact of the child protection and criminal justice systems in cases of intrafamilial child sexual abuse

Gekoski, Anna, Horvath, Miranda and Davidson, Julia, C. (2016) The effectiveness and impact of the child protection and criminal justice systems in cases of intrafamilial child sexual abuse. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 2 (1). pp. 54-66. ISSN 2056-3841

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to report on the findings from a study commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) in England, concerning intrafamilial child sexual abuse (IFCSA)/incest. Specifically, it aims to explore the evidence about child protection and criminal justice responses to victims of IFCSA in the UK and where the gaps in these approaches lie.

Design/methodology/approach
A Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) was used, the function of which is to: search the literature as comprehensively as possible within given time constraints; collate descriptive outlines of the available evidence on a topic and critically appraise it; sift out studies of poor quality; and provide an overview of the evidence. Over 57,000 documents were scanned, and 296 ultimately systematically analysed.

Findings
It was found that children may be re-victimised by various aspects of “the system” and professionals within it, including social workers, police officers, and lawyers.

Research limitations/implications
A REA is not a full systematic review, differing in the scope and depth of the searches and depending almost exclusively on electronic databases, not accompanied by searching journals by hand.

Originality/value
The findings of this research provide the evidence-base for a new two-year inquiry into the subject of IFCSA by the OCC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: criminal justice, child protection, child sexual abuse, incest, intrafamilial, secondary victimisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Upson-dale
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2021 14:53
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 14:53
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2087

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