Sexual Abuse of Children and Young People Placed in Residential Institutions - Scope and Measures Taken

New research from AKF in Denmark concerning children and young people placed in residential institutions. These children are a particularly exposed group in terms of the risk of sexual abuse. A study of residential institutions in Denmark shows that the majority of residential institutions have received children and young people who have been sexually abused prior to their placement in the institution. Likewise, a number of institutions have also had children who have been sexually abused by some of the other children at the institution during their placement. The study raise the question: Are residential institutions prepared in professional terms to perform the task of helping children who have been sexually abused or should the local authority take care to ensure that special and individual treatment-related assistance is given to these children, even though they are placed in a residential institution. The study is not translated into English.

http://www.akf.dk/udgivelser/container/udgivelse_2206/ 

Published by   Created   09.12.2006 Updated   11.12.2006