Teacher education to meet the challenges of child sexual abuse

Mathews, Benjamin P. (2011) Teacher education to meet the challenges of child sexual abuse. Australian Journal of teacher Education, 36(11), pp. 13-32.

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The phenomenon of child sexual abuse has significant implications for teachers’ pre-service training and professional development. Teachers have a pedagogical role in dealing with abused children, and a legal and professional duty to report suspected child sexual abuse.

Teachers require support and training to develop the specialised knowledge and confidence needed to deal with this complex context. This article explains the social context of child sexual abuse, its health and educational consequences, and the legal context, showing why teachers require this specialised training. It then reports on findings from an Australian study into the amount of training received by teachers about child sexual abuse, and teachers’ satisfaction with that training. Results have implications for teacher training strategies in pre-service and in-service settings.

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ID Code: 48301
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Child sexual abuse, Teachers reporting child sexual abuse, Teachers and teacher training, Empirical study, Policy reform
ISSN: 0313-5373
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Social Science Press
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2012 21:56
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2012 19:03

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