Intra-familial child sexual abuse: Risk factors, indicators and protective factors: Practice Tool (2018)

Published: 10/04/2018

Author: Allnock D



This resource is designed to support practitioners to use research evidence to structure their thinking in relation to intra-familial child sexual abuse (IFCSA). Where a case is open to children’s social care it may be that:

  • There are concerns about IFCSA, but no physical evidence to verify sexual abuse is occurring/has occurred nor has a child told someone about abuse.

  • A child protection case (involving any form of maltreatment) is being ‘stepped down’ but concerns about IFCSA remain.

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PQS:KSS - Relationships and effective direct work | Communication | Child development | Adult mental ill health, substance misuse, domestic abuse, physical ill health and disability | Abuse and neglect of children | Child and family assessment | Developing excellent practitioners | Effective use of power and authority | Confident analysis and decision-making | Purposeful and effective social work | Emotionally intelligent practice supervision | Developing excellent practitioners | Support effective decision-making

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