Child abuse investigation: police officers and secondary traumatic stress

Alison D. MacEachern, Divya Jindal-Snape, Sharon Jackson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Citations (Scopus)


Child protection is an area of police work which has expanded in the last decade, leading to an increase in the number of police officers working in departments which specialise in investigating cases of child abuse. Police officers in this field may he at greater risk of experiencing secondary traumatic stress but there remains a paucity of research in this area of policing. Analogies can be drawn to existing research in policing and with social service workers involved in child protection. The paper finishes off with implications for police forces to ensure safe working environments and appropriate counselling for employees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-339
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • child protection
  • secondary traumatic stress
  • police officers
  • employee counselling


Dive into the research topics of 'Child abuse investigation: police officers and secondary traumatic stress'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this