European Report on Preventing Child Maltreatment

June 2014
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    11th June 2014
  • ISBN 9789289000284
  • Language English
  • Pages 124 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 11.75"
  • Images color tables, figures & photos

Child maltreatment is a leading cause of health inequality, with the socioeconomically disadvantaged more at risk, perpetuating social injustice. Though it is a priority in most countries of the WHO European Region, few devote adequate resources and attention to its prevention.

This report outlines the high burden of child maltreatment, its causes and consequences and the cost-effectiveness of prevention programs. It makes compelling arguments for increased investment in prevention and, by offering policy-makers a preventive approach based on strong evidence and shared experience, it will help them respond to increased demands from the public to tackle child maltreatment.

Executive summary
1. Overview: child maltreatment in the WHO European Region
2. Scale and consequences of the problem
3. Risk factors for child maltreatment
4. Effective interventions and programming
5. Tackling child maltreatment in the European Region: opportunities for action
Annex 1. Methods used
Annex 2. Additional results
Annex 3. Health ministry focal person for violence prevention and other respondents to the survey