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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
Issue: Volume 26 Issue 2, 2017

Editorial: Working with the Victims and Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Featured in this issue:

  • The Sex with Children scale
  • Retrospective file analysis as a research method
  • Joint investigative interview training
  • Practitioner wellbeing and working with CSE victims
  • Prevalence studies on child maltreatment
Issue: Volume 26 Issue 1, 2017

Editorial: Violence and Abuse in Children’s Lives

Featured in this issue:

  • UK Child Protection research
  • Exposure to domestic violence and abuse
  • Critical issues for multiagency work
  • Responses to intimate partner violence
  • Protective strategies of abused mothers
  • Trafficking, exploitation and modern slavery

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Original Article: The Practical Sense of Protection: A Discussion Paper on the Reporting of Child Abuse in Africa and whether International Standards Actually Help Keep Children Safe

Author: Karen Walker-Simpson

First published online: 26 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2477

  • Formal reporting procedures may actually offer routes to protection that are inaccessible or unacceptable to local people.
  • Reporting procedures should be developed with a much greater participation of local people.
  • There is a need for investment in piloting and implementing locally led approaches to capacity building.
  • The engagement of donors is critical in order to develop a new approach to evaluating ‘child safe’ organisations.


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.


Original Article: Bruising in Children: Exploring the Attitudes, Knowledge and Training of Child Protection Social Workers and the Interface with Paediatricians regarding Childhood Bruising

Authors:Lauren Matthews, Alison Kemp and Sabine Maguire

First published online: 24 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2474

  • CPSWs lack confidence in assessing bruising characteristics associated with physical abuse, largely due to their lack of training.
  • CPSWs’ decisions to refer for medical examinations are strongly influenced by an exploration of history and key social factors, including chastisement strategies and the home environment.
  • Paediatricians are unaware of CPSWs’ training or knowledge, and thus have unrealistic expectations of their assessment of bruising characteristics.
  • Communication between professionals could be improved by joint professional training in this area, providing current scientific evidence relating to bruises and an explicit explanation of the role of each in this assessment.


Original Article: Israeli Paediatricians’ Attitudes and Experiences of Reporting Child Maltreatment and Related Training Needs

Authors: Merav Jedwab and Rami Benbenishty

First published online: 20 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2468

  • Health professionals are often required by law to report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect.
  • Prior studies indicate that there are various barriers to reporting.
  • Studies indicate a need for further theoretical and practical training and education of health professionals.


Training Update: Seen and Heard (e-Learning Course and Supplementary Training Materials on Building Awareness of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation) by the Department of Health and the Children’s Society, 2016

Author: Hilary Eldridge

First published online: 11 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2471

  • Engaging mixture of spoken, written and pictorial messages from children and young people
  • Helpful research content but some significant problems
  • Excellent content but some technical problems accessing the programme
  • Participants encouraged to become ‘champions’.


Original Article: From Innovation to Transcreation: Adapting Digital Technologies to Address Violence against Children

Authors: Carmen Cronin, Suruchi Sood and Dawn Thomas

First published online: 17 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2447

  • Successful violence prevention programmes are not taking full advantage of digital technologies. Adapting programmes and messages for computer, internet or mobile phone delivery would broaden their scope and reach.
  • The interactive nature of digital technologies makes them ideally suited to involve and empower individuals and entire communities for change.
  • The effectiveness of digital technologies in preventing violence against children is still unclear. More investment in research and evaluation is needed.


Original Article: Peer Exploitation: Findings from a Romanian National Representative Sample of Children Living in Long-Term Residential Centres

Authors: Adrian V. Rus, Ecaterina Stativa, Max E. Butterfield, Jacquelyn S. Pennings, Sheri R. Parris, Gabriel Burcea and Reggies Wenyika

First published online: 2 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2464

  • Four in ten (40%) institutionalised children reported that they were aware of at least one form of peer exploitation, and nearly three in ten (28.5%) reported experiencing at least some of these types of exploitation practices by their older peers.
  • This study highlights the importance of understanding the complex milieu that comprised the daily lives of institutionalised children in Romania, including an environment that consisted of physical abuse by institution staff and awareness and experiences of exploitation.