Combatting Child Abuse: International Perspectives and Trends / Edition 1

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The problem of child abuse has become increasingly evident in North America and Western Europe. Many countries are now struggling with issues involving the definition of child maltreatment, reporting requirements, processes for responding to reports, substantiation rates, and services to abused children and their families. This book illustrates alternative approaches to dealing with these problems by examining and comparing the designs of child abuse systems in nine countries: the US, English, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden.

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"The fact that this work meets its informational and investigative goals makes it a useful text for professionals , researchers, and decision makers dealing with child abuse reporting."—Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary on Mental Health

"This book is a valuable overview of different assessments of and responses to the international problem of child abuse."—Interdisciplinary Report on At-Risk Children & Families

"...[the book] contains a wealth of interesting information about public child welfare programs in the industrial nations. As such it makes a useful contribution to the development of comparative social policy research."—Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

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University of California, Berkeley
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I Child Protective Orientation
1 United States: California's Reporting System 9
2 Canada: Trends and Issues in Child Welfare 38
3 England: Child Abuse Reports, Responses, and Reforms 72
II Family Service Orientation - Mandatory Reporting
4 Sweden: Towards a Deresidualization of Swedish Child Welfare Policy and Practice? 105
5 Denmark: Voluntary Placements as a Family Support 125
6 Finland: Child Abuse as a Family Problem 143
III Family Service Orientation - Nonmandatory Reporting
7 Belgium: An Alternative Approach to Child Abuse Reporting and Treatment 167
8 The Netherlands: Responding to Abuse - Compassion or Control? 192
9 Germany: A Nonpunitive Model 212
Conclusion: A Comparative Perspective 232
Index 241
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