Child neglect and its relationship to sexual harm and abuse: responding effectively to children's needs (Updated)
This series of open access evidence scopes considers the potential relationship between neglect and forms of sexual harm and abuse: child sexual exploitation; intra-familial child sexual abuse; and harmful sexual behaviours. These different types of harm rarely exist in isolation; children need support at earlier stages - and more holistically - if we are to address their vulnerabilities and help them to achieve positive outcomes. The scopes, commissioned by Action for Children and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) with Research in Practice, examine relatively new and emerging evidence bases to outline the characteristics and prevalence of these different forms of sexual harm and identify how they may relate to neglect. They offer conceptual models for understanding how neglect can interact with and increase vulnerability to various forms of sexual harm and abuse, as well as considering gaps in the existing knowledge base.
Each resource draws out the key messages, themes and implications for practice and policy. Rather than offering simplistic messages or assuming causality, they encourage sector leaders and practitioners to critically reflect on the evidence, to explore how this relates to their own experience and to engage with the complexity of these topics.
Aimed at: Practitioners, managers, local service leaders and commissioners, local and national policy makers.
Number of pages: 137
The three Evidence Scopes, Executive Summary, Appendices and References are available now to download below.
These PDF downloads are open access resources.
- Executive Summary
- Exploring the relationship between neglect and child sexual exploitation: Evidence Scope 1
- Exploring the relationship between neglect and adult-perpetrated intra-familial child sexual abuse: Evidence Scope 2
- Exploring the relationship between neglect and harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people: Evidence Scope 3
- Appendix A: Principles and caveats – some limitations and constraints of the current evidence base
- Appendix B: Statutory definitions of neglect, child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation, and guidance on harmful sexual behaviours
- Appendix C: Types of neglect and associated features
- Appendix D: Risk factors for child sexual abuse (CSA) and neglect