Child Welfare Professionals and Incest Families: A Difficult Encounter
Based on a comparative study of Canada and the UK, this book describes the often inappropriate or inadequate interventions made by child welfare and legal professionals with incest families. Because of the relative newness of the problem and the difficult emotions the tabooed behaviour arouses, professionals faced with making decisions regarding interventions with incest families tend to fail to intervene, leaving the child at risk, or over-intervene, with the result that the family members, including the victim, experience trauma. The book examines the iatrogenic effects on the family of coercive and punitive measures and refutes the current belief that the only way that an incest perpetrator will accept responsibility for his/her incestuous acts is if there is criminal prosecution.
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Child Welfare System England and Canada
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allegations assessment behaviour British sample buggery Canadian sample Canadian victims charges child abuse child physical abuse child protection child sexual abuse child welfare clinical conference Cooper & Cormier criminal court criminal justice system Crown Prosecution Service custodial sentence daughter decision described DHSS disclosed disclosure England and Canada English sample English victims evidence example F father F step family members family therapy Finkelhor Giaretto girl Home Office incest incidents initial interventions interviewed investigation involved living Maisch Meiselman months mother mths no/no no/no no/no no/no no/no yes no/no yes/yes NSPCC occurred onset parents penetration placement police caution police invest probation problems prosecution psychiatric Quebec reabuse recidivism referred removed from home reported reporting laws result return home risk seize the court sexual intercourse sexual relationship Sgroi social workers step-father Table therapeutic therapy treatment variables victim symptoms voluntary measures Youth Protection Act