ERIC Number: ED340158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Abuse of Children in Residential Establishments. SENNAC Discussion Paper.
This discussion paper, which addresses the abuse of children in residential establishments, is presented in outline form and includes comments and contributions from a wide range of professionals working in various settings. An introduction notes the reported increase in sexual abuse of children in institutions, a variety of proposed monitoring and inspection requirements, and the need to integrate this issue with others concerning severely disabled children in institutions. The second section identifies particular concerns with independent and private institutions. Principles of inspection and monitoring are briefly considered next, followed by problems in the distribution of resources resulting from overreaction to the possibility of sexual abuse. A section on response to the issue of abuse stresses that child care must be emphasized equally with child protection and workers must not be intimidated from developing close, caring relationships with children. Considered next are assessments of institutionalized children (especially those deeply emotionally deprived or disturbed) and referrals to residential establishments. A concluding section offers general recommendations in the areas of assessment and referral, training for residential workers, consultancy and counseling, and research. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Child Abuse, Child Welfare, Compliance (Legal), Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Foreign Countries, Incidence, Institutionalized Persons, Legal Responsibility, Policy Formation, Residential Programs, Severe Disabilities, Sexual Abuse
Ian Petrie, Department of Education, The University of Liverpool, 19 Abercrombie Square, P.O. Box 147, Liverpool, L69 3BX, England.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Community
Authoring Institution: Special Educational Needs National Advisory Council, Liverpool (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom