Child sexual abuse is a minefield for all concerned - for the abused, the abusers, and the professionals invoved in treatment and care. It is a genuinely multidisciplinary problem, requiring the close co-operation of a wide range of professionals with different skills. Tilman Furniss, a leading figure in the field of child sexual abuse has written a unique, practical handbook designed for all professionals involved in the treatment and care of sexually abused children and their families. It will enable them to develop knowledge and skills to deal with their particular task, and at the same time help them to understand the effects of their actions on the work of other professionals. Focusing on child sexual abuse as a syndrome of secrecy and addiction, Furniss shows how practical steps in therapy and management directly influence each other. In the first part of the book he outlines the principal ways and basic concepts used in dealing with child sexual abuse. In the second part he deals with the many practical problems and countless obstacles that arise in day-to-day practice, jeopardising successful multi-professional management and therapy.
Cross-referencing between the two parts allows the reader to concentrate on immediate and specific practical problems while never losing sight of the underlying issues involved. The book is based on fifteen years' innovative practical work by the autho, and will be essential reading for all professionals involved in child sexual abuse.