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Title: The investigation of child sexual abuse : the child, the family, and the professional system
Author: Horne, Louise Catherine
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 391X
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 1992
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Increased understanding about the nature of child sexual abuse has led to the development of specialist facilities to improve the service provided to alleged victims and their families. The research reported here aims to investigate the effects on agency investigations in cases of suspected sexual abuse, following the opening of one such centre in Liverpool, the Rainbow Centre. Data were gathered on all alleged or suspected cases of child sexual abuse coming to the attention of the police, social services and paediatricians, in a twelve month period prior to the establishment of the Centre, and for a six month period following the opening of the Centre, in a cross-sequential design. One focus of the study was interagency communication. It was found that, in a substantial proportion of cases, professionals reported that other agencies 'had not been involved in the investigation, whilst data collection revealed that information had, in fact, been provided by more than one agency. Such results indicate a lack of communication and collaboration between the agencies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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