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Please feel free to bring your lunch (we will provide water, but as the seminars are free we cannot provide tea or coffee. You are welcome to bring some with you and you can get a take-away from the Business School Café at 29 Buccleuch Place).

Informal seminar

Professional proximity in identifying child sexual
abuse in residential care: the closer the better?

Thursday 15 June 2017 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm
CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Greetje Timmerman, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Research into child sexual abuse in residential care has indicated that professionals working in residential homes have a good impression of the incidence of CSA. However, it can be assumed that not all professionals who work in residential youth care are equally likely to be aware of the occurrence of CSA. At the same time, children and adolescents might find it easier to confide in professionals they are very familiar with.

In this seminar we will discuss findings from a recent study on the importance of ‘presence’: do professionals who are ‘in the frontline’ of residential youth care identify more incidents of CSA than other professionals who meet the children less frequently, for example treatment professionals?

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