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Why should they be abused any more than children? Child abuse protection and the implementation of No Secrets

Rachel Filinson (Rhode Island College)
Claudine McCreadie (King's College London)
Janet Askham (King's College London)
Dinah Mathew (King's College London)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 1 May 2008

Abstract

The parallels between child abuse and adult abuse have been frequently noted as public awareness of both has increased in recent decades. Both can involve the concealed victimisation of a weaker family member, for both interventions are difficult to implement because practitioners are loath to intrude into the privacy of the family and risk causing harm, and combating abuse of either type demands multi‐agency working. Significant differences between the two abuse constituencies have also been stressed, namely that adults are not invariably dependents reliant for care on the persons mistreating them and have the autonomy to resist efforts to intervene on their behalf.

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Filinson, R., McCreadie, C., Askham, J. and Mathew, D. (2008), "Why should they be abused any more than children? Child abuse protection and the implementation of No Secrets", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 18-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/14668203200800009

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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