5, No. 2
Sexual Abuse and Child Welfare
you work in child welfare, child sexual abuse affects you. This
is obvious if you work in child protective services, but it is equally
true for those who work in adoptions, licensing, and other areas.
In this profession the dark, unsettling influence of sexual abuse
cannot be escaped.
should it be. As social workers and caring members of our communities,
we are committed to preventing child sexual abuse. When it occurs
we face it head on, doing what we can to help survivors and their
families heal. To do this effectively we need to understand as much
about sexual abuse as we can.
support you in this effort, this issue of Practice Notes looks at
child sexual abuse--at its effects on survivors and their communities,
at assessment and treatment approaches, and at the way it affects
child welfare workers both on and off the job.