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ERIC Number: EJ943405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 90
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Teacher Education to Meet the Challenges Posed by Child Sexual Abuse
Mathews, Ben
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v36 n11 p13-32 Nov 2011
The phenomenon of child sexual abuse has significant implications for teachers' pre-service training and professional development. Teachers have a pedagogical role in dealing with abused children, and a legal and professional duty to report suspected child sexual abuse. Teachers require support and training to develop the specialised knowledge and confidence needed to deal with this complex context. This article explains the social context of child sexual abuse, its health and educational consequences, and the legal context, showing why teachers require this specialised training. It then reports on findings from an Australian study into the amount of training received by teachers about child sexual abuse, and teachers' satisfaction with that training. Results have implications for teacher training strategies in pre-service and in-service settings. (Contains 6 tables.)
Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia