The University of Oxford has conducted a study into the impact of false accusations of abuse on professionals who work in positions of trust with children or vulnerable adults, or who worked with them at the time of the alleged abuse.

We have interviewed and collated written accounts from 30 people across England and Wales who have been the victims of such false allegations. This study explores the consequences for those so accused and their relatives, including the immediate and longer-term impact of the false accusation on finances, physical and mental health, employment, social relationships and feelings about the future.

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The Principal Investigator is Professor Carolyn Hoyle and the researchers are Ms Naomi-Ellen Speechley and Dr Ros Burnett, Research Associate of the Centre.

The team has also published an article: 'The Context and Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust', (2017) The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.