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‘It’s like we’re locked in a box’: Girls’ and mothers’ experiences of the police and legal system following child sexual abuse

Butterby, Kate and Hackett, Simon (2022) '‘It’s like we’re locked in a box’: Girls’ and mothers’ experiences of the police and legal system following child sexual abuse.', Children & Society, 36 (1). pp. 149-165.

Abstract

This article focuses on girls’ and mothers’ experiences of police and criminal justice system responses and the impact of investigation processes following reporting of child sexual abuse. Participants spoke of a lack of timely therapeutic provision and the subsequent role of female caregivers in providing support. Problems with criminal justice processes and the subsequent impact on families’ wider lives were also discussed. Findings suggest that criminal justice processes need to be better attuned to these micro level impacts and should show more sensitivity to the overall experience of children in the aftermath of sexual abuse. Implications for practice are discussed.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12490
Publisher statement:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Butterby, Kate & Hackett, Simon (2022). ‘It’s like we’re locked in a box’ Girls’ and mothers’ experiences of the police and legal system following child sexual abuse. Children & Society 36(1): 149-165., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12490. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Date accepted:02 August 2021
Date deposited:06 August 2021
Date of first online publication:23 August 2021
Date first made open access:23 August 2022

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