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Correlates of joint child protection and police child sexual abuse investigations: results from the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008



Correlates of joint child protection and police child sexual abuse investigations: results from the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008



Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada 35(8-9): 130-137



Our study examines the frequency of joint investigations by child protection workers and the police in sexual abuse investigations compared to other maltreatment types and the association of child-, caregiver-, maltreatment- and investigation-related characteristics in joint investigations, focussing specifically on investigations involving sexual abuse. We analyzed data from the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 using logistic regression. The data suggest that sexual abuse (55%), and then physical abuse, neglect and emotional maltreatment, are most often co-investigated. Substantiation of maltreatment, severity of maltreatment, placement in out-of-home care, child welfare court involvement and referral of a family member to specialized services was more likely when the police were involved in an investigation. This study adds to the limited information on correlates of joint child protection agency and police investigations. Further research is needed to determine the effectiveness of these joint investigations. Corrélats des enquêtes conjointes des services de protection de l’enfance et des services de police sur les abus sexuels d’enfants : résultats de l’Étude canadienne sur l’incidence des signalements de cas de violence et de négligence envers les enfants 2008. Dans cette étude, nous examinons la fréquence des enquêtes conjointes menées par les services de protection de l’enfance et les services de police dans les cas d’abus sexuels en comparaison des autres types de maltraitance. Nous examinons également les associations, dans les enquêtes conjointes, entre les caractéristiques relatives à l’enfant, celles relatives au pourvoyeur de soins de l’enfant, celles relatives aux mauvais traitements eux-mêmes et celles relatives à l’enquête, en nous intéressant plus particulièrement aux enquêtes sur les abus sexuels. Nous avons analysé par régression logistique les données de l’Étude canadienne sur l’incidence des signalements de cas de violence et de négligence envers les enfants 2008. D’après les données, les enquêtes conjointes portent en premier lieu sur les abus sexuels (55 %), puis sur la violence physique, la négligence et la violence psychologique. La corroboration des mauvais traitements, les mauvais traitements graves, le placement, l’intervention des tribunaux de la jeunesse et l’orientation d’un membre de la famille vers des services spécialisés sont plus fréquents quand les services de police participent à l’enquête. Cette étude vient bonifier l’information limitée dont on dispose sur les corrélats des enquêtes conjointes menées par les agences de protection de l’enfance et les services de police. D’autres recherches devront être effectuées pour déterminer l’efficacité de ces enquêtes conjointes.

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