Child Maltreatment and High Risk Families

By Anne Lazenbatt, Julie Taylor

Most child maltreatment occurs within the context of high risk families. There are ethical, economic, and ecological reasons why physical abuse in such families should be a major concern. Throughout the UK, physical abuse is a significant issue. Yet, while neglect and other forms of abuse are receiving focused attention, physical abuse may languish under the misconceptions that it is no longer a problem, it is being addressed elsewhere, or it is just too overwhelming an issue. In the UK, the physical abuse of children can involve regular, violent treatment at the hands of parents or caregivers over a number of years. Although physical abuse can occur in any family, it is prevalent in particular sectors of society, where families may be vulnerable to a combination of complex risk factors, such as domestic abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, and mental health issues. These factors are present in 34% of the UK's Serious Case Reviews (SCRs). This book provides an increased understanding - of the risk, analysis, impact, learning, and the current landscape - of the service delivery in relation to the physical abuse of children living in high risk families. (Series: Protecting Children and Young People) [Subject: Sociology, Social Work, Family Studies, Children's Studies, Child Protection]

112 pages

Publication Date: 10/16/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780460314