Child maltreatment in the family: a European perspective

Corinne May Chahal, Teresa Francesca Bertotti, Paola Di Blasio, M. A. Cerezo, M Gerard, A. Grevot, F. Lamers, K Mcgrath, D. H. Thorpe, U. Thyen, A. Al Hamad

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Child maltreatment is generally referred to under the global categories of physical, sexual, emotional/psychological abuse and neglect. The Concerted Action on the Prevention of Child Abuse in Europe (CAPCAE) reports on the specific forms of harm and injury, actions and persons believed responsible in eight European countries. The most common actions across all participating countries responsible for harm were those of violent parenting or absent parenting. A review of prevention strategies found that few programmes focused on specific behaviours or included measures to indicate whether their actions were successful in preventing further harm to children. It is recommended that fathers need to be targeted in prevention as well as mothers and that specific data collection of actual harms, actions, persons responsible and outcomes needs to be implemented as a priority in all European countries. Such specificity avoids a focus on risk which is unacceptable in some countries, over inclusive of parents and resource intensive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Child Maltreatment
  • Comparative Research
  • Europe
  • Prevention


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