Understanding multitudinous and collaborative investigative responses to child sexual abuse

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Lowe, Andrew and Schaffer, Krystal. 2020. "Understanding multitudinous and collaborative investigative responses to child sexual abuse." Bryce, India and Petherick, Wayne (ed.) Child Sexual Abuse: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management. London, United Kingdom. Elsevier. pp. 421-434
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Understanding multitudinous and collaborative investigative responses to child sexual abuse

Book Chapter CategoryTextbook (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1821
1034
Book TitleChild Sexual Abuse: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management
AuthorsLowe, Andrew (Author) and Schaffer, Krystal (Author)
EditorsBryce, India and Petherick, Wayne
Page Range421-434
Chapter Number20
Number of Pages14
Year2020
PublisherElsevier
Academic Press
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9780128194348
9780128194355
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819434-8.00020-9
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128194348000209
Abstract

The investigation and response to child sexual abuse are multifaceted and frequently involves multiple agencies. These agencies typically have a specific focus that contributes to the overall response to the abuse and often perform these functions independently. Central to this investigative response is the criminal investigation and the child protection investigation and assessment processes. This chapter discusses these two investigative approaches, the purposes and scope of their roles as well as some general principles that are specific to each. Whilst discussing these individualised aspects, the shared purposes will be identified. It is the purpose of this chapter to highlight the importance of agencies conducting investigations conjointly, as there are several positive outcomes for the individual agencies in doing so, and, more importantly, for the child. In closing, recommendations will be made to ensure these joint responses are conducted effectively and efficiently, especially considering the separate priorities of the agencies involved.

KeywordsCriminal investigation; Child protection investigation and assessment; Joint investigation; Multiagency response; Investigative practice
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480401. Criminal law
440211. Police administration, procedures and practice
440902. Counselling, wellbeing and community services
Byline AffiliationsQueensland Police Service, Australia
University of Southern Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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