Understanding Child Sexual Abuse and Responding

Increased recognition of child sexual abuse has led to a dramatic increase in the number of children who have experienced sexual abuse being reported to child protection and the police.

The Department of Human Services is responsible for protective investigations where sexual abuse of a child or young person by a parent or caregiver is suspected and the child or young person is not protected from this abuse.

Professionals working with children are likely to come in contact with children who have experienced sexual abuse. They need to be skilled and prepared to recognise and respond to child sexual abuse and support child victims and their families.

This booklet will help professionals respond to this serious social problem.

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