Towards a Child-friendly Justice and Support for Child Victims of Sexual Abuse

Date published: 
11 Jan 2011
Council of Europe

In this chapter, the author examines the phenomenon of child abuse in Europe, including the stages of societal awareness, Europe’s policy and legislative response, and then provides a case study from Iceland from their “Children’s Houses (Barnahus)” as an example of a child-friendly approach to supporting children who have experienced sexual abuse. After reviewing the milestones of European policy, the author describes common characteristics of child sexual abuse and underscore the need for disclosure of the crime. Additionally, the author stresses that after disclosure, the need for a multi-agency (disciplinary) response as a means to assisting the child in the healing process. Before the case study, the author refers to the standards provided by the National Children's Alliance, which provide a good starting point for NGOs interested in working with child survivors of sexual abuse.  The other chapters composing this publication can be found with this link.

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Health care
Non-governmental Organisation (NGO)
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European Union
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