Parenting a child affected by sexual abuse

Parenting a child affected by sexual abuse

Biddy Youell


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Many children become looked after because they have experienced very difficult and painful experiences in their young lives that have a lasting impact on their lives.

This guide explores sexual abuse, how a child or young person might be affected at different stages of development, and possible therapeutic interventions. It provides expert knowledge coupled with facts, figures and guidance presented in a straightforward and accessible style.

Adoptive parents and foster carers describe what it is like to parent children who have been affected by sexual abuse and how this impacts their life as a family.

This book is part of CoramBAAF’s Parenting Matters series which explores many of the health conditions commonly diagnosed in looked after children.

Who is this book for?

A useful book for adopters, those thinking about adopting, foster carers, social work practitioners and all those involved in the care of looked after children. The combination of expert information and first-hand experience will help readers gain knowledge and understanding and make informed decisions.

What you will find in this book

The first half of the book examines sexual abuse and how a child or young person may be affected at different stages of development. The book considers effects on school and learning, adolescence, disability, relationships with adults and children, and possible therapeutic interventions.

In the second half, adopters and foster carers describe their experience of parenting children affected by sexual abuse and how this affected, and continues to affect, day-to-day family life.


Biddy Youell:
Biddy Youell is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. A former teacher, she has retained an interest in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to non-clinical settings. She has been a member of the Tavistock Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care Team and has many years of experience as an expert witness in the family courts.