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Preventing the sexual exploitation of minors in youth-serving organizations

  • Wurtele, Sandy K.
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    This article discusses child sexual abuse (CSA) by staff members in youth-serving organizations (YSOs) including schools, residential treatment and correction facilities, scouting, clubs, faith centers, and sports leagues. Over the last ten years there have been highly publicized reports of adults in positions of authority, such as teachers, coaches, and ministers, sexually exploiting youth under their care. Using an ecological perspective, the author suggests preventing institutional sexual exploitation by addressing such macrosystem factors as national and state policies and legislation, and at the organizational level by implementing risk-management strategies and by training staff in how to have close connections with youth while avoiding sexual misconduct. Providing training, monitoring, and supervision for youth-serving staff to help them maintain appropriate professional boundaries will not only help protect the integrity of the agency but most important, may help prevent institutional child sexual exploitation.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 12 ()
    Pages: 2442-2453

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:12:p:2442-2453
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.09.009
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    1. Trocme, Nico & Schumaker, Kate, 1999. "Reported child sexual abuse in Canadian schools and recreational facilities: Implications for developing effective prevention strategies," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(8), pages 621-642, August.
    2. Smith, Maureen C., 2010. "Early childhood educators: Perspectives on maltreatment and mandated reporting," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 20-27, January.
    3. Abel, Gene G. & Wiegel, Markus & Jordan, Alan & Harlow, Nora & Hsu, Yu-Sheng & Martinez, Marc, 2012. "Development and validation of classification models to identify hidden child molesters applying to child service organizations," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 1378-1389.
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