Guidelines for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Wrongful Allegations against Staff at Danish Childcare Facilities

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  • Else-Marie Buch Leander
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  • Karen Munk
  • Per Lindsø Larsen, Aarhus Universitetshospital, Denmark
This article presents the first research study of guidelines in Danish childcare institutions for protecting children against sexual abuse (CSA), and staff against wrongful allegations of CSA. Worldwide, it represents one of few empirical studies of the unintended consequences of contemporary society’s significant focus on CSA. Conducted in 2012 at approximately one quarter of Danish early childhood institutions and before-and-after-school clubs, the study showed that the majority of these institutions had guidelines, mostly to protect against wrongful allegations, and that the guidelines discriminated against male staff, and were adverse to staff’s relationships to children. We discuss implications for male staff, children, and pedagogy, from various theoretical perspectives, and bring new insights to the historical background for these guidelines in Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

    Research areas

  • early childhood education and care; child sexual abuse, prevention policies; no tough; teacher-child relationships; male child-care workers; stigma; discrimination; fear; panopticon; moral panic

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