An explorative study of the training needs of investigating officers interviewing young victims of sexual abuse

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dc.contributor.advisor Newmark, R. Coetzee, Colette en_ZA
dc.contributor.other University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Education. Dept. of Educational Psychology. 2008-07-01T10:49:17Z en_ZA 2010-07-09T11:07:36Z 2008-07-01T10:49:17Z en_ZA 2010-07-09T11:07:36Z 2005-03 en_ZA
dc.description Thesis (MEdPsych (Educational Psychology))--University of Stellenbosch, 2005.
dc.description.abstract There is deep concern nationally and internationally about the increasing numbers of sexual offences against children. South Africa is one of the countries with a very high incidence of child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is very traumatic for most children: research reveals that the negative psychological impact of child sexual abuse persists over time and even into adulthood. Disclosure of sexual abuse is often very traumatic for the victim and the response of the investigation officer is crucial as inappropriate responses to disclosure can inhibit the child's healing process, jeopardize the subsequent legal proceedings and expose the child to secondary traumatisation. This study explores the training needs of investigating officers of the South African Police Services with regard to interviewing young victims of sexual abuse. The rationale would be that if investigating officers were adequately trained in interviewing sexually abused children the trauma will be lessened for the child victim and their families. A qualitative study was conducted. Two groups of participants were used in the study: Investigating officers working for the SA Police Service and social workers working for various non-governmental organizations. Participants were purposefully selected. Data were produced by the use of questionnaires and interviews semi-structured. The interviews were analysed thematically. The seven themes that emerged from the data analysis were: reporting of sexual abuse, investigation of sexual abuse, knowledge of sexual abuse, practical skills, attitudes of investigating officers, children with disabilities and support for investigating officers. The data from the questionnaires were also analysed quantitatively. The findings from the study indicate that investigating officers need more in-depth and extensive training on how to interview sexually abused children. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subject South African Police Service -- Officials and employees -- Rating of en
dc.subject Child sexual abuse -- Investigation en
dc.subject Police training en
dc.subject Interviewing in child abuse en
dc.subject Dissertations -- Educational psychology en
dc.subject Theses -- Educational psychology en
dc.title An explorative study of the training needs of investigating officers interviewing young victims of sexual abuse en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.rights.holder University of Stellenbosch
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