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Who works with adult victims of childhood sexual abuse?

  • Rob Macpherson (a1) and Isam Babiker (a1)
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A survey of mental health professionals in a Bristol NHS trust found that most had experience of therapeutic work with sexually abused patients and over half were currently engaged in such work. Supervision was variable and often considered inadequate. Few responders routinely enquired about historical abuse in the course of psychiatric assessment. The findings indicate a need for agreed strategy involving training, supervision and inter-agency co-operation to deal with this increasingly common problem.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Who works with adult victims of childhood sexual abuse?

  • Rob Macpherson (a1) and Isam Babiker (a1)
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