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Victimization, Care and Justice: Reflections on the Experiences of Victims/Survivors Involved in Large‐scale Historical Investigations of Child Sexual Abuse in Residential Institutions

Matthew Colton, Maurice Vanstone and Christine Walby

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 32, issue 5, pages 541-551
Published in print August 2002 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/32.5.541
Victimization, Care and Justice: Reflections on the Experiences of Victims/Survivors Involved in Large‐scale Historical Investigations of Child Sexual Abuse in Residential Institutions

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Large‐scale investigations into historical child abuse in residential institutions have been undertaken throughout the United Kingdom. This paper reflects on the experiences of those who give evidence in such investigations, drawing on interviews carried out with twenty‐four victims/survivors. Emerging themes include: the factors which motivate victims/survivors to make disclosures; the impact on individuals of involvement in an investigation; the nature and effectiveness of help and support offered to victims/survivors; the level of priority given to the needs of victims/survivors; and issues concerned with power and gender. The concluding discussion highlights vital issues for social workers and social services departments.

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Subjects: Social Work

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