Recognition, telling and getting help with abuse and neglect: Young people's perspectives

Cossar, Jeanette, Belderson, Pippa and Brandon, Marian ORCID: (2019) Recognition, telling and getting help with abuse and neglect: Young people's perspectives. Children and Youth Services Review, 106. ISSN 0190-7409

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An understanding of children's perspectives on telling about abuse and neglect has potential to boost children's access to services. The literature on disclosure has mostly focused on child sexual abuse with many studies based on adult survivors' accounts of their childhoods. However, disclosure is one part of a wider process which also includes how children recognise abuse and experience services. This paper presents findings from a thematic analysis of 30 interviews with children and young people who had experienced multiple types of abuse and neglect. A conceptual framework for understanding how children and young people recognise and tell about abuse and neglect and what they think of the help they receive is presented. The framework is used to present case studies tracing the processes of recognition, telling and help over time, in relation to multiple problems of abuse. Implications for professional practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Child Protection & Family Support
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 13:53
DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104469


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