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Issue: Volume 26 Issue 2, 2017

Editorial: Working with the Victims and Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Featured in this issue:

  • The Sex with Children scale
  • Retrospective file analysis as a research method
  • Joint investigative interview training
  • Practitioner wellbeing and working with CSE victims
  • Prevalence studies on child maltreatment
Issue: Volume 26 Issue 1, 2017

Editorial: Violence and Abuse in Children’s Lives

Featured in this issue:

  • UK Child Protection research
  • Exposure to domestic violence and abuse
  • Critical issues for multiagency work
  • Responses to intimate partner violence
  • Protective strategies of abused mothers
  • Trafficking, exploitation and modern slavery

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Training Update: Seen and Heard (e-Learning Course and Supplementary Training Materials on Building Awareness of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation) by the Department of Health and the Children’s Society, 2016

Author: Hilary Eldridge

Article first published online: 11 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2471

  • Engaging mixture of spoken, written and pictorial messages from children and young people
  • Helpful research content but some significant problems
  • Excellent content but some technical problems accessing the programme
  • Participants encouraged to become ‘champions’.

 

Original Article: From Innovation to Transcreation: Adapting Digital Technologies to Address Violence against Children

Authors: Carmen Cronin, Suruchi Sood and Dawn Thomas

Article first published online: 17 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2447

  • Successful violence prevention programmes are not taking full advantage of digital technologies. Adapting programmes and messages for computer, internet or mobile phone delivery would broaden their scope and reach.
  • The interactive nature of digital technologies makes them ideally suited to involve and empower individuals and entire communities for change.
  • The effectiveness of digital technologies in preventing violence against children is still unclear. More investment in research and evaluation is needed.

 

Original Article: Peer Exploitation: Findings from a Romanian National Representative Sample of Children Living in Long-Term Residential Centres

Authors: Adrian V. Rus, Ecaterina Stativa, Max E. Butterfield, Jacquelyn S. Pennings, Sheri R. Parris, Gabriel Burcea and Reggies Wenyika

Article first published online: 2 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2464

  • Four in ten (40%) institutionalised children reported that they were aware of at least one form of peer exploitation, and nearly three in ten (28.5%) reported experiencing at least some of these types of exploitation practices by their older peers.
  • This study highlights the importance of understanding the complex milieu that comprised the daily lives of institutionalised children in Romania, including an environment that consisted of physical abuse by institution staff and awareness and experiences of exploitation.

 

Original Article: A Qualitative Exploration of Coordinators’ and Carers’ Perceptions of the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Programme in Residential Care

Authors: Rachael Cox, Helen Skouteris, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Marita McCabe, Brittany Watson, Julia Fredrickson, Amanda D. Jones, Stella Omerogullari, Kelly Stanton, Leah Bromfield and Louise L. Hardy

Article first published online: 23 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2453

  • There is a need to address the lifestyle habits of young people in residential care.
  • Raising awareness is an important first step, but must be supplemented with supportive environmental change to enable lasting, healthy outcomes.
  • Carer capabilities need to be strengthened so that they can effectively manage challenging behaviours, yet still address the lifestyle habits of young people in care.
  • Stakeholder ‘buy-in’ and a programme champion are critical to implementation of healthy lifestyle programmes in residential care.

 

Original Article: Contextual Risk, Individualised Responses: An Assessment of Safeguarding Responses to Nine Cases of Peer-on-Peer Abuse

Authors: Carlene Firmin

Article first published online: 21 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2449

  • Social contexts such as peer groups, schools and neighbourhoods can make young people vulnerable to peer-on-peer abuse.
  • Assessing and intervening with young people and families affected by peer-on-peer abuse will not impact upon the social contexts associated with the phenomenon.
  • Multiagency partnerships need to intervene with social contexts that, albeit beyond the traditional remit of child protection, facilitate peer-on-peer abuse and undermine the capacity of parents to keep young people safe.