Creating Safer Organisations: Practical Steps to Prevent the Abuse of Children by Those Working With Them

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Marcus Erooga
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2012 - Psychology - 192 pages
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Several recent high profile abuse cases, including The Little Ted's Nursery case, have brought the abuse of children by workers and volunteers into greater public awareness. The traditional approach to protecting children - screening to keep offenders out - is important, but is not enough.

Potential risk can come from a wide range of individuals, many who contradict our expectations, including female abusers like nursery worker Vanessa George and foster carer Eunice Spry, and those who may not be aware of their own capacity to abuse. At the same time, social networking, text messaging and e-mail have eroded traditional boundaries, and supervising contact between adults and children is no longer as easy as it once was.

Creating Safer Organisations brings together practitioners, academics and researchers, who suggest new interviewing approaches and other situational prevention measures to promote a culture of appropriate behaviour, informed by the most up to date research with sexual offenders. This is an accessible resource for those seeking to ensure that they have taken all possible steps to safeguard the children and young people they are responsible for.


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Creating Safer Organisations An Overview
How Prevalent are Sexual Offences Committed Against Children
Use of the Internet
Female Sexual Abusers
Understanding and Responding to People Who Sexually Abuse
Policy and Legislation Changing Responses
Individual Facilitating Factors
Safer Recruitment Guidance for Organisations
The Value of Situational Prevention
Applying the Situational Prevention Model to Child Sexual Abuse
Identifying Common Risks Across National Organisations
Avoiding and Managing Allegations Against Staff

Manipulation Styles of Abusers Who Work With Children

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Marcus Erooga is NSPCC Theme Adviser for Child Sexual Abuse and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield's Centre for Childhood Studies. He is also immediate past Chair of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA). He has studied staff and volunteers who may present a risk to children in the workplace,  and also undertaken research with people convicted of sexual offences in those settings. A past editor and current Board member of the Journal of Sexual Aggression, Marcus has authored and edited some 25 publications on child protection related issues.

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