Title

CSEY service provider perceptions of critical needs for effective care as youth transition from juvenile detention to the community

Publication Date

2-1-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Nursing

Publication Title

Child Abuse and Neglect

Volume

100

DOI

10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104084

Abstract

Background: The Victims of Trafficking and Prevention Act of 2000 initiated necessary change to treat CSEY as victims rather than criminals. Without sufficient resources, CSEY service providers encounter significant challenges in meeting youth care needs in the community. Objective: This study's purpose was to examine service providers’ perceptions of these challenges. Participants and Setting: Semistructured interviews were conducted with nine California CSEY service providers. Thematic analysis principles guided data analysis and interpretation. Key findings indicated needs for improvement of: 1) CSEY screening, 2) relationship building, 3) community resource access, 4) clarity regarding ambiguous feelings and practices associated with the treatment of CSEY as victims or criminals, 5) support systems for service providers experiencing vicarious trauma and acute/chronic stress. Conclusion: Future research is needed to continue to explore the experience of service providers who work with CSEY. Implications for practice include the need for funding to support the development of community-based services for CSEY, particularly for training and professional supports for education, health, social service, and criminal justice professionals.

Keywords

Child abuse, Health personnel, Human trafficking, Vicarious trauma

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