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Children’s and carers’ perspectives of a therapeutic intervention for children affected by sexual abuse

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1024–1033
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number2
Early online date2 Nov 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 18 Aug 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 2 Nov 2016
DatePublished (current) - May 2017


This paper presents the findings of a qualitative study with children affected by sexual abuse who had recently completed a therapeutic intervention (N=12), and their carers (N=17). Four themes emerged from the thematic analysis that influenced participants’ satisfaction with the service: the attribution of the child’s recovery to the therapeutic support received; the therapeutic relationship between the child and practitioner; children’s recollection of important aspects of the intervention; and the relationship between the carer and the child’s practitioner. The findings indicate that the process elements of therapeutic support, including the development of strong relationships and allowing children choice and control, are as important as the content.

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  • Child Abuse, Research with Children, Social Work, Therapy, Young People, Sexual Abuse

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