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Child Maltreatment: A six-country comparison of trends and policy

18 January 2012

Professor Ruth Gilbert (UCL Institute of Child Health) presents results of a study of child maltreatment trends and policies across six countries/states: England, USA, Sweden, New Zealand, Western Australia (Australia) and Manitoba (Canada). The study found that, after the mid-1990s, the rates of violent deaths and maltreatment-related injuries remained stable in most settings. Only in Sweden and Manitoba did decreases in violent deaths coincide with decreases in hospital admissions due to injury related to maltreatment. Officially recognised physical abuse or neglect mostly remained stable across the six nations, but other indicators of agency notification, investigation or placement in out-of-home care increased, particularly in infants.


Prof Ruth Gilbert
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Paediatric Epidemiology Unit,
UCL Institute of Child Health


June Thoburn
Emeritus Professor from the University of East Anglia
  Richard Bartholomew
Joint Head of the Government Social Research service and Chief Research Officer, Children, Young People and Families Directorate, Department for Education

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