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‘So Your Own Health Needs Just… They Just Go Out of the Window’: Exploring the Health Implications of Child Sexual Exploitation on Parents

Stephens-Lewis, Danielle and Unwin, Peter (2017) ‘So Your Own Health Needs Just… They Just Go Out of the Window’: Exploring the Health Implications of Child Sexual Exploitation on Parents. In: XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health, 9th - 14th July 2017, Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Research has indicated that Child Sexual Exploitation continues to be on the rise in the UK, with ChildLine reporting to have experienced a 124% increase in referrals regarding sexual abuse and exploitation since 2013/2014, and a reported 12,000 counselling sessions having taken place. Much research has considered the direct impact CSE and the experience of abuse has on victim/survivors. Additionally, there has been some suggestion that such experiences can negatively affect those who come into direct contact with victim/survivors. For example, only recently research has highlighted the significant negative impact CSE can have on frontline staff members. However, few studies have examined the impact CSE has on the parents’. Considering the association noted between staff members in contact with CSE, the physical and mental wellbeing of parents, those closest to the victim/survivor, needs to be examined. As such, in 2016 Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) commissioned research aiming to explore the possible health impact of CSE on both parents’ psychological and physical health and wellbeing. This presentation will detail the qualitative aspect of this research and its findings. In addition to the distribution of an online survey, two isolated focus groups were run with a total of nine parents. Transcriptions from the focus groups were analyzed following Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six stages of thematic analysis. Findings revealed that CSE impacted upon both the physical and psychological health of parents including their ability to manage existing illnesses. This presentation will consider the findings from both the survey and focus groups and implications for future research and multi-profession practice.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Child Sexual Exploitation, parents, physical health, psychological health, wellbeing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Danielle Stephens-Lewis
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 15:42
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 10:40
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6050

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