Responding to Sexual Abuse
Interventions with children who have been sexually abused may involve multiple services and supports including investigative interviews, medical evaluations, and support for the child and nonoffending parents. Resources include State and local examples.
|Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children Affected by Sexual Abuse or Trauma|
|Series Title:||Issue Briefs|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2012 - 16 pages|
|Explores research and practice on trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), which is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties. It is designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses following child sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss, and other traumatic events. The treatment?based on learning and cognitive theories?addresses distorted beliefs and attributions related to the abuse and provides a supportive environment in which children are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experience. TF-CBT also helps parents who were not abusive to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and develop skills that ...|
Child Maltreatment and Family Health Practice
In Family Health Social Work Practice: A Knowledge and Skills Casebook
Discusses a case of child sexual abuse using the family health perspective, an emerging practice paradigm in the social work field.
|Child Sexual Abuse|
|Series Title:||Related Organizations Lists|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2014 - 11 pages|
|This directory lists organizations that provide information about child sexual abuse, including professional societies, advocacy centers, and toll-free helplines. The organizations offer research services, training, technical assistance, and referrals for professionals and the public.|
Handbook for Caregivers of Sexually Abused Children
National Children's Advocacy Center (2004)
Includes information on definitions and symptoms of sexual abuse, characteristics of abusers, and suggestions for working with the legal system throughout the court process.
The Medical Evaluation in Cases of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 14(2), 2001
Overview of diagnostic criteria for clinicians examining possible cases of child sexual abuse.
Practical Exercises for Mothers of Sexually Abused Children
Rose, Calder, & Peake (2001)
In Mothers of Sexually Abused Children: A Framework for Assessment, Understanding and Support
Helps child protective service workers examine their biases about families affected by sexual abuse and develop a positive working relationship with the mother of the victim.
Psychological Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Their Families
Addresses how assessment is a vital component of treatment to ensure that therapeutic interventions and other services address the victim's specific needs.
The Sexual Abuse Victim and Sexual Offender Treatment Planner
Budrionis & Jongsma (2003)
Designed to provide all the elements necessary to develop formal treatment plans for victims and perpetrators that satisfy the demands of health maintenance organizations, managed care companies, third-party payers, and State and Federal review agencies.
When the Victim Is Very Young: Assessing Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Pre-School Children (Part 1 of 2) (PDF - 617 KB)
Reasonable Efforts, 2(4), 2005
Explores the difficulties of substantiating sexual abuse among children ages 0-6.
When the Victim Is Very Young: Assessing Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Pre-School Children (Part 2 of 2) (PDF - 593 KB)
Reasonable Efforts, 3(1), 2006
Offers tips for overcoming the difficulties of substantiating abuse among children ages 0-6 and securing justice for very young children.
When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parents' Guide to Healing and Recovery
Brohl & Potter (2004, Rev. ed.)
What to expect during the initial stages of disclosure and reporting, legal proceedings, and the healing process.
State and local examples
Child on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force
Florida Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force
Focuses on reducing child-on-child sexual abuse by using community prevention, training, and intervention.
Investigative Interviewing in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2010)
Examines safety and risk assessments used during a child sexual abuse investigation and how to implement protective measures accordingly. The workshop also presents methods for interviewing the alleged child victim, non-offending caregivers, alleged perpetrators, and collateral contacts.
Report From the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children 2012 (PDF - 271 KB)
Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children (2012)
Discusses the financial, health, and social costs associated with child sexual abuse in Missouri and makes recommendations for preventing abuse, such as widespread public education and the provision of mental health services and early intervention for children who have been sexually abused. The report includes recommendations for specific changes to Missouri laws and a proposed constitutional amendment.