Book Review: Helping Children to Tell about Sexual Abuse: Guidance for Helpers

★ ★ ★ ★

Written in an easy-to-read style and with useful references to research, this book explores the issue of disclosure of sexual abuse.

It follows a child’s experience of abuse, describing the challenges of disclosure from the perspectives of the child and an adult helper, then discusses the help needed after disclosure.

The importance of support for the professional is emphasised. It also provides useful pointers on how to ask questions and be confident of not taking the wrong approach.

The voices of children with experience of abuse are presented effectively throughout the book.

My only criticism is that there are no chapters on challenges for boys and the role of the creative arts in non-verbal communication.

The book is a must-read for nurses working in the safeguarding field and will add to the knowledge of all children’s nurses. This would be a useful addition to any nursing library.

Rosaleen McElvaney | Jessica Kingsley Publishers | 160pp | £14.99 | ISBN: 9781849057127

Reviewed by Raymond McMorrow, health lead at the NWG child sexual exploitation response unit, Derby

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