Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Child abuse is the physical or emotional mistreatment of a child by a parent, guardian, or other person. Information of child abuse, including sexual abuse, beating, and murder, have climbed in the United States and some authorities believe that the number of cases is under reported. Child neglect is sometimes integrated in legal definitions of child abuse to cover instances of starvation, abandonment, and insufficient care of a child's safety. When reported, child maltreatment cases are intricate by poor foster care services and a legal system that has trouble obliging to the susceptible nature of children(Child Maltreatment, 2015). Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children. Behavior of the abuser has had only partial success and child safety agencies are weighed down (Lewitt, 2013). Recently, efforts have begun to focus on the primary prevention of child abuse. The leading prevention of child abuse must be executed on many levels before it can be triumphant. Prevention plans on the social level consist of growing the economic self-adequacy of families, disappointing corporal penalty and other forms of violence, making health care more available and inexpensive, intensifying and humanizing coordination of social services, improving the classification and conduct of psychological problems. Prevention plans on the family level include helping parents meet their basic needs, identifying problems of substance abuse and spouse abuse, and educating parents about child behavior, discipline, safety and development. Primary prevention is both the prevention of disease before it occurs, and the reduction of its incidence. In the case of child abuse, pri... ... middle of paper ... ...buse_neglect.htm "Child Maltreatment: Prevention Strategies" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 15 May 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childmaltreatment/prevention.html "The Relationship between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse" Prevent Child Abuse America 2012 Web. 23 May 2015. http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/PCAA_DVandChild.pdf Lewitt, E. M.. "Reported Child Abuse and Neglect." Future Child April 2013: 233-242. McKay, Michael. "The Link Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse." New York: Macmillan, 2010. U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. A nation’s shame: Fatal child abuse and neglect in the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. (1995). Rushton, Frank. "The Role of Health Care in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention." Pediatrics, March 2014: 133-136.
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