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Prevention of child sexual abuse: Implications of programme evaluation research

Institution: Wiley-Blackwell

Thirty child abuse prevention programme evaluation studies were selected according to a set of
methodological criteria following an extensive manual and computer literature search. Targets for intervention
in 17 studies were children; in 3 were parents; in 4 were teachers; and in 6 studies multisystemic
programmes were evaluated where some combination of children, parents and teachers were targeted for
intervention. From a review of the 30 studies it was concluded that child abuse prevention programmes can
lead to significant gains in children's, parents' and teachers' safety knowledge and skills. Best practice
guidelines arising from the review include the use of multisystemic programmes; child-focused curricula
which cover a wide range of safety skills and concepts; and the use of didactic instruction and discussion;
video modeling; and active behavioural skills training techniques in programme delivery. The curricula for
parents' and teachers' programmes should cover child-protection issues and local child protection
procedures along with an overview of the children's programme lesson plans. Longer programmes
conducted by trained staff are preferable and such staff may include teachers, parents, mental health
professionals and law enforcement officers.

Suggested citation:

. () Prevention of child sexual abuse: Implications of programme evaluation research [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 17th October 2019].


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