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  • Few alleged abusers or offenders are convicted for sexual abuse. Child Safety practitioners have a role in supporting the safety of children in homes where abuse is denied and there has been no criminal proceedings or outcomes. 
  • Alleged abusers or offenders manipulate and coerce children and parents. They also manipulate and coerce professionals. If you are aware of strategies used by suspected offenders and abusers to obtain access and opportunity to sexually abuse children, you can manage and tailor your responses accordingly.
  • Although statistically small in number, females do sexually abuse children.
  • Direct work with the alleged abuser or offender is important to help understand the parent and child's experiences and the strategies an alleged abuser or offender has used.
  • A child and their parents are likely to have had positive experiences of the alleged abuser or offender. When this is not acknowledged or respected by the practitioner, a working relationship with the child, parent and the alleged abuser is far less likely to form.
  • Consultation with experienced staff, such as Senior Team Leaders, Senior Practitioners, Regional Practice Leaders and specialist teams such as Practice Advice and Support will assist you in your work with alleged abusers or offenders.

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