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Special Issue:  Comparing International Approaches to Safeguarding Children (Volume 26 Issue 4, 2017)

Editorial: Comparing International Approaches to Safeguarding Children: Global Lesson Learning

Featured in this issue:

  • Applying international safeguarding standards in Africa
  • Policy and child protection reforms in Taiwan
  • Cross-country comparison of national child welfare systems
  • Attitudes to corporal punishment in Finland, Sweden and Suriname
Issue: Volume 26 Issue 3, 2017

Editorial: Was Not Brought – Take Note! Think Child! Take Action!

Featured in this issue:

  • Missed dental appointments and suspected neglect
  • Specialist teen parenting programme
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion in residential care
  • Digital technologies and violence against children
  • Accidental and abusive ano-genital injury

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Original Article: Reporting Child Sexual Abuse within Religious Settings: Challenges and Future Directions

Author: Craig A. Harper and Colin Perkins

First published online: 20 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2484

  • Those most likely to observe or suspect child abuse in religious settings are themselves likely to participate in such settings.
  • The challenge for these ‘onlookers’ is to overcome the psychological dynamics that push against the recognition and reporting of child abuse in religious settings.
  • These dynamics can be understood via established psychological theories and frameworks.
  • Practitioners concerned with improving reporting practice in these contexts can draw on this work to inform training and intervention strategies.


Original Article: What is Really Wrong with Serious Case Reviews?

Author: Michael Preston-Shoot

First published online: 20 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2487

  • A systemic approach to Serious Case Reviews must engage legislative, social policy and societal systems as well as local policy and practice.
  • A linear approach to learning and service development, often reflected in recommendations for training and policy refinements, is a less effective change management approach than engaging with single and multiagency contexts.
  • Safeguarding children involves practice which is inherently social and relational, full of complexity and complicated truths; so too is the practice of reviewing cases.


Original Article: Assessment of Physical Child Abuse Risk in Parents with Children Referred to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Author: Natalie Van Looveren, Inge Glazemakers, Linda Van Grootel, Erik Fransen and Dirk Van West

First published online: 4 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2470

  • Compared to a non-clinical sample, there is a two and a half times higher risk potential for physical child abuse in caregivers with children with mental health problems examined with the self-report screening questionnaire CAPI.
  • Child psychopathology in general is associated with an elevated potential for physical child abuse; there is no correlation with a specific child psychiatric disorder.
  • There is a need for implementing a standard risk assessment for child abuse in a clinical child psychiatric setting.


Original Article: Changing Parents’ Behaviour Using a Psycho-Educational Film as a Preventative Measure to Reduce the Risk of Non-accidental Head Injury

Author: Denise Coster

First published online: 22 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2469

  • The psycho-educational film Coping with Crying is an effective way to give parents strategies to cope when faced with their babies’ crying.
  • The film should be shown in the antenatal or postnatal period, after parents have left hospital but before the baby is six weeks old, to have the greatest impact.