Social workers' knowledge base with regard to sexual abuse disclosures during the intake interview : a pilot study
Boonzaaier, Hester Susanna
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Background: Child sexual abuse is a problem that manifests in all spheres of our society, a social problem that often crosses the desk of a social worker rendering services to children and families. The researcher can still remember how daunting her first experience was when she dealt with an allegation of child sexual abuse. Now, in hindsight she believes that if she had more in-depth knowledge when dealing with children who has been sexually abused and their disclosure thereof, it would have made the world of difference to her and the clients that she was rendering services to. Objectives: The primary aim of the study was to investigate the level of knowledge that the social workers of Child Welfare Tshwane currently have when dealing with a disclosure of sexual abuse during the intake interview. The findings will provide guidelines to Child Welfare Tshwane regarding the required level of knowledge of social workers during the intake interview when dealing with a sexual abuse disclosure. Method: The study was conducted through a questionnaire that was composed using information gathered during a literature study. Social workers employed by Child Welfare Tshwane completed the questionnaire in order to shed light on their knowledge base with regard to child sexual abuse and the disclosure thereof. Results: Through the study it was evident that the knowledge base of social workers from Child Welfare Tshwane, dealing with child sexual abuse, is variable and lacks continuity.
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