CSEY service provider perceptions of critical needs for effective care as youth transition from juvenile detention to the community
Child Abuse and Neglect
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.
Child abuse, Health personnel, Human trafficking, Vicarious trauma
Michelle De Coux Hampton. "CSEY service provider perceptions of critical needs for effective care as youth transition from juvenile detention to the community" Child Abuse and Neglect (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104084