A Practitioners' Tool for the Assessment of Adults who by Jeff Fowler

By Jeff Fowler

This ebook is a realistic device for the evaluation of adults who sexually abuse children.It examines the effect of sexual abuse on kids, allows pros to judge the danger provided via adults who've sexually abused childrens, and offers a framework for the review of folks or carers and their skill to guard their teenagers. This publication comprises checklists that practitioners can use to interpret the data they acquire, and is illustrated with a crucial case learn that demonstrates how the evaluation profile may be used.It is a valuable source for someone project checks that experience concerned the sexual abuse of kids. it's also of curiosity to others excited about baby safeguard, corresponding to social employees, health and wellbeing execs, academics, and criminal and felony justice pros.

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An interest in sexually abusing children may begin in adolescence and this should be explored by practitioners. • They show children that they are able to listen to what they have to say and have good and age appropriate communication skills for children. • They make children feel special and provide them with a level of attention which they enjoy. • They will present as a ‘nice person’, someone of whom other adults would not be suspicious. • They will establish a position with parents characterised by trust and integrity.

The age of the child is not a determining factor. A power struggle develops or the child withdraws and gives in to the adult. The adult feels the need to reinforce their control or neutralise the threat the child is perceived to be. This child should not be seen to be responsible for provoking the abusive response from the adult as a result of this behaviour. There are families where the adult’s sexual abuse of the child will be seen by them as a way of gaining retribution on the partner. In some cases the adult’s response is to become physically abusive and this may be informed by a need to punish, control and humiliate the child.

Rachel has another daughter, Adel, who is nine years of age. Adel’s father was the partner of Rachel’s mother. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for the sexual abuse and rape of Rachel from the ages of 9 to 14 years. When she was six years of age, Adel developed a persistent urinary infection for which her mother eventually took her to the doctor. Rachel told the doctor that Adel was also soiling herself and that she had become very withdrawn. Following a medical examination, Adel was referred to a community paediatrician who was of the opinion that Adel had been sexually abused.

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