Towards safer organisations II
Using the perspectives of convicted sex offenders to inform organisational safeguarding of children
This report presents the findings of interviews with adults who sexually abused children or young people whilst working in organisational positions of trust.
The research identifies individual and organisational factors that facilitated the abuse and presents practice and policy recommendations to improve prevention.
Aim of the study
The research interviewed adults convicted of sexually abusing children or young people in their care.
The study aimed to:
- identify organisational risk factors
- identify how these adults were able to become involved with organisations that work with children and young people
- propose good practice in recruitment and within work settings with children and young people in order to better safeguard children against abuse and exploitation.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 27 adults (24 male, 3 female) convicted of sexual offences against children whilst in positions of trust. The participants were from prisons or from probation and volunteered to participate in the research.
Rigorous vetting and screening is not enough to protect children from sexual abuse.
There also needs to be an organisational culture where: the welfare of the child is paramount; there is an awareness of what is inappropriate and abusive behaviour; there are clear and accessible routes for colleagues to express concerns.Please cite as: Erooga, Marcus, Allnock, Debra and Telford, Paula (2012) Towards safer organisations II: using the perspectives of convicted sex offenders to inform organisational safeguarding of children. London: NSPCC.
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