This is one of the books in the Wiley/Department of Health series on
residential care. Residential care is an increasingly important topic in
social welfare. The series, based on research for the DOH, represents the most
up-to-date and authoritative research in this area. This book examines the
management of sexually abused and abusing children in foster and residential
The authors gathered data from a review of 250 carefiles to compare the needs
and vulnerability of sexually abused and abusing children with those of
non-abused children in care. Drawing on information from their detailed
follow-up study of 40 children, the authors explore the management of sexually
abused and abusing children inside and outside their placements. They examine
the risks these children pose to other residents and foster carers? own
children, and the children's vulnerability to further abuse and exploitation.
The authors highlight three different groups of children who have distinctive
needs for management and placement: prostitutes; sexualised adolescent girls;
and young abusers. The book provides a rich source of essential messages for
policy and practice aimed at minimising the risks to these children and others.