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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Abuse and Neglect

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(p.142) 20 Child Abuse and Neglect
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Letnie F. Rock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0020

This chapter presents a global overview of familial child abuse and neglect, and gives insights on this problem in the English-speaking Caribbean world. Child abuse is a global phenomenon with a long history, but solutions to reduce and eradicate the problem are still emerging. Countries around the world must realize that many of their cultural practices and socioeconomic policies are harmful to children, and they must take measures to protect children from the scourge of abuse and to ensure their survival and well-being. The social work profession has a role to play in the prevention of abuse and neglect and the rehabilitation of affected children and families. Social work practitioners, educators, and researchers must continue to examine the problem of child abuse and neglect from a variety of perspectives. Such inquiries should provide empirical evidence and refine theoretical perspectives that can provide alternative approaches to explaining the problem.

Keywords:   familial child abuse, child neglect, social work practice, physical abuse, Caribbean

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