By Sue Richardson, Heather Bacon
Regardless of heightened media recognition and the rise in specialist wisdom approximately baby abuse, many childrens are nonetheless being failed by means of the approach. this article addresses the intense perform dilemmas touching on those young children.
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Sexually abused children may learn that closeness equates with sexual behaviour, pain and confusion. Sexual behaviour with the caregiver may be one way that some sexually abused children achieve closeness: this does not imply that the child bears any responsibility for the abuse, but does mean that a sexualised attachment to the abuser may have to be addressed. 181) is the result of children being taught by abusers how to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, by means of positive reinforcement and by controlling and frightening strategies.
29 30 CREATIVE RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE A particular feature of the controversy was that a significant number of the children concerned had made no complaint of abuse prior to the diagnosis. The social services department responded in the same way as they did to children with a diagnosis of non-accidental injury: the children were admitted to hospital or foster care on a statutory basis for further investigation. This action fuelled multidisciplinary conflict, public and media outcry and led to a call for the children to return home.
PIECING THE FRAGMENTS TOGETHER 43 Towards a collective narrative One of the key effects of Cleveland is that the narratives of the children, their carers and the key professionals were lost. For this reason, we have encouraged all our contributors to construct their own narrative experience of Cleveland. Several separate and competing narratives need to be brought together in order to overcome barriers to learning (Richardson 1991a) and undo the dissociative splits which are inherent in the field and which pose a real problem for many victims of child sexual abuse in our society.