Impacts of organisational role and environmental factors on moral injury and trauma amongst police investigators in internet child abuse teams

Peter Lee, Christine Tapson*, Mark Doyle, Vasileios Karagiannopoulos

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Abstract

Little is known about how the effects of moral injury and trauma manifest amongst Internet Child Abuse Teams. This article reports on the impacts of organisational role and environmental factors on moral injury and trauma amongst this population. Six participants were recruited from two police constabularies in the United Kingdom. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Findings indicated that the participants’ moral injury and trauma were predominantly attributable to excessive workloads and stigma in relation to mental health within policing. Generic psychological interventions were insufficiently responsive to the complex needs of the police investigators.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153–171
JournalThe Police Journal
Volume96
Issue number1
Early online date28 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • Moral injury
  • Trauma
  • police
  • internet child abuse teams
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • Psychological review

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