Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Centers Research Paper

Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Centers
This research looks at the extent to which child advocacy centers (CACs) can help to coordinate services in the event of child abuse cases.
# 129104 | 2,956 words | 6 sources | APA | 2009 | KE
Published on Aug 31, 2010 in Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)

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This paper addresses the subject of child abuse, and looks at the role of the child advocacy centers in taking care of children who have suffered some kind of abuse. It describes the work that these centers do as well as some of the problems that they encounter. The paper finishes with some recommendations as to how the CACs could improve their services.

Literature Review
Data Collection
Data analysis
Problems faced

From the Paper:

''Child abuse has been defined as an act or omission that endangers or impairs a child's physical, mental or emotional health and development. It may take the form of physical or emotional injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, physical neglect, medical neglect or inadequate supervision. Child abuse and neglect is a community concern and they have a legal and moral obligation to promote the well being, safety and permanency of children. This includes effectively responding to child abuse.
''In a bid to effectively prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect, there is need to have a common understanding of the actions and omissions that constitute child abuse. Under this definition, a ''child'' has been defined as one who is under the age of eighteen or is not an emancipated minor. In the case of child sexual abuse, a child is a person who has not attained the age of eighteen or the age specified by the child protection law of the state the child resides in, whichever is younger.
''Child abuse has consequences that are profound and may endure long after the abuse or neglect occurs.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ayers Lynn, (1998), The Child Advocacy Center: A Community Response to the problem of Child Sexual Abuse. Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Cross, T.P., Jones, L.M., Walsh, W.A., Simone, M., and Kolko, D. (2007), Child forensic interviewing in children's advocacy centers: Empirical data on a practice model. Child Abuse and Neglect, Retrieved October 5, 2009 from the web:
  • Jensen J.M., et al, (1996). "Intervention for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse: An Evaluation of the Children's Advocacy Model," Child Adolescent and Social Work Journal, (v.13, no.2, pp. 139-156)
  • Kenty C & Meyers R (1991), Evaluation of the Children's Advocacy Center, Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Children's Alliance
  • National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (2001), Child abuse and neglect State statutes series: Reporting laws, Washington, DC: Author

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