To criticize and find remedies for one part of the system while ignoring the others is an unfulfilling exercise in futility, besides being a waste of money and effort.

Vincent Fontana (1984),

‘When systems fail: protecting the victim of child sexual abuse’

This chapter will attempt to provide a framework in which community agencies can address and respond to the many problems involved in dealing with child sexual abuse. It will also provide the context for following chapters which deal more specifically with treatment issues.