How to care for child abuse victims

Every organization needs to be prepared to address the needs of potential child abuse victims. For many organizations, especially small ones or those with no previous known cases of abuse victims, this will likely be an outsourced responsibility. People in the position of providing victim assistance serve as an advocate for the victim and liaison with the organization.

The primary responsibility of the person who manages assistance to victims is ensuring that the organization follows through on its obligations, whether self-created or imposed by a settlement or court order, in providing for the healing of child abuse victims. This may take the form of connecting the victim or their family to psychiatrists, counseling services, medical care or other social services in addition to spiritual or religious support as appropriate for the individual. A person with a social worker or comparable professional experience is a natural fit for this role.

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