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n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The quality of service of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit of the South African police service, post-2010

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Abstract

Literature indicates that police organisations in poor and middle-income countries are providing specialised policing services relating to crimes against children mainly as a centralised service, while those in wealthier countries provide decentralised services. Having reviewed the literature, an attempt is made to determine how external service delivery provided by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit can be improved. This unit's quality of external service delivery after re-introduction of the unit to a centralised capacity in 2010 is examined exploring the current state of affairs. In order to draw a comparison of the quality of services provided by this unit after re-introduction, research was undertaken among a West Rand Unit Commander of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, non-governmental organisations and senior public prosecutors directly involved in dealing with family violence, child protection and sexual offences in the West Rand policing area. Data for the study was gathered through a literature review and semi-structured interviews. The research findings indicate that the provision of centralised policing services relating to family violence, child protection and sexual offences is more advantageous for effective service delivery in the South African context as opposed to a decentralised structure.

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2012-01-01
2016-12-08
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