Child Safety from Preschool to Adolescence by Bill Gillham, James Thompson

By Bill Gillham, James Thompson

Baby protection is everybody's crisis, yet a lot specialist job is misinformed or in line with a misrepresentation of the evidence, and preventative motion is never accurately evaluated. Written and edited through major researchers with an energetic function in social coverage, this new booklet demanding situations either our figuring out of the matter of kid security and issues to the impotence of "educational" methods in line with "knowledge enhancement". The powerful message is that bettering kid's wisdom has very little impact on their behaviour. From the actual abuse of teenagers to drug abuse in youth, this e-book offers an intensive new viewpoint on a key social factor.

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These factors can be seen as indices of or ‘proxies’ for poverty. Poverty is not a sufficient explanation of child abuse (most poor parents do not abuse their children) but it is likely to be a necessary one in most cases. g. Green et al. (1974). What is notable in this early literature is a reluctance to accept the evidence that severe child abuse and neglect is strongly related to socioeconomic status and outright poverty. The main argument against this has been that the poor are more subject to public scrutiny than the professional and managerial classes.

What is notable in this early literature is a reluctance to accept the evidence that severe child abuse and neglect is strongly related to socioeconomic status and outright poverty. The main argument against this has been that the poor are more subject to public scrutiny than the professional and managerial classes. Discussing this ‘public scrutiny’ theory Pelton (1978) advances three counter-arguments: • First, while it is generally acknowledged that greater public awareness and new reporting laws have led to a significant increase in reporting over the past few years, the socioeconomic pattern of these reports has not changed appreciably.

There are a number of reasons why such a selective emphasis should focus on parents with very young children. We know that the most severe forms of child THE PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE 29 abuse occur in the under-two age-range (the ‘battered child’ syndrome). There is also good reason to believe that some abuse of babies and young children is concealed under the ‘diagnosis’ of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or ‘near-miss’ SIDS or other medical conditions, real or alleged, such as ‘Munchausen syndrome by proxy’ (Emery, 1985; Meadow, 1984).

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