Towards safer organisations Adults who pose a risk to children in the workplace and implications for recruitment and selection

Boy sitting against garageThe primary focus of this study was a consideration of what could be understood from the published literature, interviews with relevant professionals and a small sample of convicted child sex offenders about risks to children from those who work with them, and the characteristics of those who would be unsuitable to do such work.

Author: Marcus Erooga
Published: 2009

This report presents the key findings of a review of the literature on child abuse in organisations.

It aims to inform methods of recruitment in settings where staff or volunteers may come into contact with children. The study also draws on interviews with relevant professionals and a small sample of convicted child sex offenders.

Acknowledgements 1
Foreword 3
Executive summary 1
Introduction 4
Value-based interviewing 13
Public enquiries 22
A brief review of measures designed to prevent inappropriate people from working with children 29
Characteristics of “vulnerable organisations” – the importance of the organisational environment in preventing abuse 38
Characteristics of abuse and maltreatment in specific organisational settings 51
Inappropriate staff and volunteers: relevant findings from the sexual abuse literature 67
Screening responses 105
Themes and issues arising from interviews with professionals and
with offenders convicted of child sexual abuse
10.Conclusions and issues for consideration 126
References 131
Bibliography 145
Appendix: Terminology 150

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