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A situational crime prevention analysis of Anglican clergy’s child protective practices

Guerzoni, MA 2018 , 'A situational crime prevention analysis of Anglican clergy’s child protective practices' , Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 77 , pp. 85-98 , doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.12.016.

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Abstract

To date, a predominant focus within the field of ‘clerical collar crime’ has revolved around institutional-level church responses to child sexual abuse events, survivors and offenders. Comparatively, little attention has been directed towards the micro-level and in particular, examining clerical responses to child sexual abuse. This article presents empirical findings concerning the ‘everyday’ child protective practices of Anglican clergy in the Diocese of Tasmania, Australia. Research data was acquired through open-ended qualitative interviews conducted with a sample of 34 clergy in a broader study of clerical culture, habitus and life amidst the ‘church abuse crisis’. The framework of Situational Crime Prevention is employed to evaluate the feasibility of clergy’s child-safe practices and comment on how these practices could be further altered through professional development. Research findings demonstrate that clergy possess an active awareness of risk, and execute a series of protective measures to minimise both sexual interactions with children and allegations of impropriety.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Guerzoni, MA
Keywords: child sexual abuse, church abuse, situational crime prevention, Anglican church, child protection
Journal or Publication Title: Child Abuse and Neglect
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN: 0145-2134
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.12.016
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Copyright 2017 Elsevier Ltd.

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