'It's like we're locked in a box': girls' and mothers' experiences of the police and legal system following child sexual abuse.

23 Jun 2022
Kate Butterby and Simon Hackett
Children and Society (Vol.36
January 2022
pp 149-165

Explores girls' and mothers' experiences of police and criminal justice system responses and the impact of investigation processes following the reporting of child sexual abuse. Data was collected through interviews with children and mothers as part of a wider study of services for children who have experienced sexual abuse. Finds that: there is a lack of timely therapeutic provision; there are problems with criminal justice processes, which has an impact on families' wider lives; and these processes should show more sensitivity to the experience of children after sexual abuse.

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