Journal article

Conceptualising and Categorising Child Abuse Inquiries: From Damage Control to Foregrounding Survivor Testimony

Shurlee Swain, Katie Wright, Johanna Skold

JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Testimony before inquiries into out-of-home care that have taken place in many countries over the last twenty years has severely disrupted received ideas about the quality of care given to children in the past. Evidence of the widespread abuse of children presented before recent inquiries internationally gives rise to the question: why didn’t we know? Part of the answer lies in the changing forms and functions of inquiries, whose interests they serve, how they are organised and how they gather evidence. Using as a case study, a survey of historical abuse inquiries in Australia, this article explores the shift to victim and survivor testimony and in so doing offers a new way of conceptualisin..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

La Trobe University, Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area; Australian Research Council, Grant/Award Number: DE140100060