£90k-plus for research into sexual abuse

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The sexual abuse of elderly people, both those living in their own homes and in residential care, is being examined as part of a research project at the University of Nottingham. The work, funded with £91,440 from the Nuffield Foundation, is being undertaken within the university¹s centre for social work by Professor Olive Stevenson, who is leading the research, and by principal research fellow Katharine Jeary. Prof. Stevenson said there was a good deal of informal anecdotal evidence that there was a problem. “We would describe this as a Å’voyage of discovery¹ as very little is known about the extent of sexual abuse of elderly people in Britain,” Prof. Stevenson said. “When we carried out a literature review we found practically nothing on the subject in this country and very little internationally. It may not be a huge problem but it is very distressing for those it affects.” The research team has been given permission by the prison and probation services to study the files of men who have been sent to pr

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