Safeguarding children from harm: the availability and comparability of data to facilitate cross-national comparisons. Emily R. Munro Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University. Background.
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Emily R. Munro
Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University
There has been an increased focus on child well-being in recent years, but despite good work at a United Nations and Council of Europe level, one important dimension – child maltreatment (abuse and neglect) – has received less attention. This is an important gap since the effect of maltreatment on individual children cannot be understated .
(Doing Better for Families, OECD, 2011, p.246)
The ability to undertake international comparisons of the extent of child maltreatment for comparative research purposes, using either social survey information or administrative data sets, is extremely limited. These limits are imposed by definitional differences in maltreatment measures across countries and variations in reporting rates generated by different institutional choices and societal attitudes (OECD, 2011, p.247).
In addition to England countries included:
What comes to the attention of children’s social care influenced by: