Social Work 101
Feb 28, 2013
Sexual abuse in foster care
Instructor: Camille Williamson, AM
Brenner, E., &Freundlich, M. (2006). Enhancing the Safety of Children in Foster Care and Family Support Programs: Automated Critical Incident Reporting. Child Welfare: Journal of Policy, Practice, and Program, 85(3), 611-632.
In going deeper in to the issues of sexual abuse in foster care and how it happens the authors want to point out the lack of enhancing the safety of the child in foster care. All aspects of the child protective services must be well documented about sexual child abuse it must include dates times as well as notes and if there are any investigative activities. Research is showing that the use of critical incident reporting is very critical in monitoring sexual abuse in the foster care system. With the emphasis on the safety on the child in the foster care system the reporting is still falling short of what it is meant to do to help keep the child safe. The authors point out that the reporting is been done however the follow-up still falls short of what it is meant to do so children still get abuse in the system. The responsibility is greater in foster care to report the range of incidents of sexual abuse in the foster care system. The authors point out that the critical incidence falls short of what needs to be done to address the broad span of sexual abuse in the foster care system. Nonetheless the recognition of the important of monitoring and responding to the issues of sexual abuse and the safety of the children served by the child welfare agencies is growing.
Breno, A. L., &Galupo, M. (2007). Sexual abuse histories of young women in the U.S. child welfare system: A focus on trauma-related beliefs and resilience. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse: Research, Treatment, & Program Innovations for Victims, Survivors, & Offenders, 16(2), 97-113. Doi: 10.1300/J070v16n02_06