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Estimating child abuse numbers can overload social workers and put more pressure on families

Devine, Lauren; Parker, Stephen

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A short article considering child abuse prevalence. This question is increasingly of interest to government and policy makers. Major prevalence studies published by the Children's Commissioner and the NSPCC have estimated the prevalence of child sexual abuse and child abuse respectively. The accuracy of the estimates is unable to stated with certainty, yet the numbers are used to influence policy development, including increasing intrusion into private family life. This article questions the link between the estimates and policies to reduce it, suggesting that it is not possible to adequately quantify any reduction in abuse if the amount of it cannot be stated at the point of introduction of the policies.

Other Type Other
Publication Date Dec 7, 2015
Journal Community Care
Print ISSN 0307-5508
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation Devine, L., & Parker, S. (2015). Estimating child abuse numbers can overload social workers and put more pressure on families
Keywords Child abuse, safeguarding, prevalence, policy, ESRC
Publisher URL http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/12/07/estimating-child-abuse-numbers-can-overload-social-workers-put-pressure-families/
Additional Information Additional Information : Article originally published in Community Care, and republished here with permission.

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