Latest Issues

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

Special and Themed Issues

Child using laptop at home Special Issue: Digital Technology, Child Abuse and Child Protection (Volume 25 Issue 5, 2016)

Guest Editor: Bernard Gallagher (University of Huddersfield)

This special issue asks how digital technology might be helping and harming children and young people and highlights current, key issues.

Editorial: The Role of Digital Technology in Child Protection: Still Helping and Harming?

Featured in this issue:

  • Technology-related sexual solicitation
  • Parental mediation and cyberbullying
  • Online family support services
  • Virtual post-adoption contact
  • Managing internet child sex image offenders
  • Keeping children safe online.
Joining hands Themed Issue: Interventions following Child Maltreatment (Volume 25 Issue 2, 2016)

Guest Editor: Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (University of Bath)

This themed issue focuses on different forms of intervention following child maltreatment, reflecting the broad spectrum of work available within the field.

Editorial: What Helps Children and Young People Move Forward Following Child Maltreatment?

Featured in this issue:

  • Trauma-informed approaches for chronic and severe neglect
  • Game-based cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Moving on from sexual exploitation
  • Impact of Head Start on outcomes for children in foster care
  • Interrupting intergenerational violence
  • Reducing the impact of parental problem drug and alcohol use.
hand against glass Special issue: Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Children (Volume 24 Issue 4, 2015)

Guest editors: Cathy Humphreys (University of Melbourne) and Caroline Bradbury-Jones (University of Birmingham)

This special issue focuses on the issues that emerge for the mother-child relationship in the context of domestic violence, a significant yet marginalised area of inquiry and practice.

Editorial: Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Children: Focus, Response and Intervention

Featured in this issue:

  • Inclusion and empowerment of young survivors in research and policy-making
  • Self-blame and mother-blame in domestic violence
  • Strengthening the mother-child relationship following domestic abuse
  • Relational consequences of domestic abuse
  • Finnish Children’s Experiences of post-separation stalking
  • Measuring the effectiveness of targeted interventions.

Virtual Issues

Virtual issue: Child Development

Editors: Jane V. Appleton (Oxford Brookes University) and Peter Sidebotham (University of Warwick)

An understanding of child development is crucially important for effective safeguarding of children. The relevance of such understanding spans a range of areas, including recognition of the influence of development on vulnerability towards abuse, the recognition of developmental delay as a possible indicator of abuse or neglect, the influence of children’s development on our interpretation of the signs and symptoms of abuse, the long-term impact of abuse and neglect on children’s development and how we may intervene to improve developmental outcomes, and the particular vulnerability of disabled children.

Featured in this issue:

  • Noticing and helping the neglected child
  • Out-of-Home Care versus In-Home Care for maltreated children
  • Paediatric assessment of vulnerable children
  • Child abuse, child protection and disabled children.
Virtual issue: 25th Anniversary Virtual Issue: Evidence-informed Practice, Practice-informed Research

Editors: Jane V. Appleton (Oxford Brookes University) and Peter Sidebotham (University of Warwick)

Compiled in conjunction with the special conference to mark the 25th Anniversary of Child Abuse Review (18 November 2016, Royal Angus Hotel, Birmingham) – this virtual issue draws together a selection of papers form the journal’s 25-volume archive, including papers by the four keynote speakers and other presenters on the conference themes of neglect, child sexual exploitation, domestic violence, and research into practice.

Featured in this issue:

  • The role of neglect in child fatality and serious injury
  • Safeguarding sexually exploited young people
  • Domestic violence and coercive control
  • Interventions to improve professionals’ responses to children exposed to domestic violence
  • International adoption and institutional care in Romania and Lithuania
  • Working effectively with neglected children and their families.
Girl embracing mother Virtual issue: Parental Mental Health Problems

Guest Editor: Lee Sobo Allen (Leeds Beckett University)

Compiled in conjunction with a special BASPCAN one-day event – ‘Learning from Experts-by-Experience – Working with parents who have mental health problems’ (27 June 2016, Leeds Beckett University) – this virtual issue presents different perspectives on parental mental health and its impact upon children and child protection.

Featured in this issue:

  • Parental mental health and child protection
  • Children caring for parents with mental illness
  • Maternal depression and infant growth
  • Interface between adult mental health and child protection services
  • Community mental health teams
  • Mental health of mothers of physically abused children.
Oral health Virtual issue: Children’s Oral Health and Wellbeing

Guest Editor: Jenny Harris (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; University of Sheffield)

Compiled to mark the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s inaugural Stakeholder Day on 9 May 2016, this virtual issue will be of interest to professionals with an interest in dentistry’s contribution to safeguarding children. It is hoped this will encourage research and practice development across professional boundaries.

Featured in this issue:

  • Role of dental practitioners in child protection
  • Child protection awareness within the dental hospital setting
  • Missed dental appointments and when to suspect child maltreatment
  • Child abuse, child protection and disabled children
  • Resistant parents and child protection
  • Noticing and helping the neglected child
  • Early indicators of child abuse and neglect
  • Politics of child protection.
Child Sexual Exploitation Virtual issue: Child Sexual Exploitation: Marginalised Perspectives and Temporal Shifts
Guest Editor: Jenny Pearce (University of Bedfordshire) and Caroline Bradbury-Jones (University of Birmingham)This virtual issue offers an opportunity to look back through the 25-year archive of Child Abuse Review and explore some of the issues relating to Child Sexual Exploitation raised by researchers and policy makers in the past and consider ongoing implications for research, policy and practice of the future. Featured in this issue:

  • International travel and tourism
  • Trafficking of British children
  • Issues of ethnicity
  • Abuse of boys and young men
  • Multiple care placements and risks for vulnerable young women
  • Conducting policy-relevant research
  • Victimhood and agency
  • Wellbeing of professionals working with victims.
Child Sexual Abuse Virtual issue: Child Sexual Abuse and Children’s Rights

Guest Editor: Jonathan Picken (Independent Consultant; Chair, Education and Learning Sub-Committee, BASPCAN)

Published to mark the inaugural Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week ‘#itsnotok’ (1-7 February 2016), this special virtual issue brings together articles from the 25-year archive of Child Abuse Review which have helped to stimulate debate on child sexual abuse and children’s rights and improve protection and therapeutic services.

Featured in this issue:

  • Pornography in relation to intra- and extrafamilial abuse
  • Abuse in residential care
  • Protecting children with learning difficulties
  • Assessment and intervention in cases of suspected ritual abuse
  • Commercial exploitation in the UK
  • Female perpetrators
  • Therapeutic services
  • Delays, non-disclosure and partial disclosure of abuse.

Early View

The Wiley Early View service presents full-text, peer-reviewed, copy-edited articles as soon as they are complete. This means that you can access and cite the latest research before publication in an issue of the journal.

Recently published:

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

Authors: Carmen Cronin, Suruchi Sood and Dawn Thomas

Article 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

Article 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.


Original Article: A Qualitative Exploration of Coordinators’ and Carers’ Perceptions of the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Programme in Residential Care

Authors: Rachael Cox, Helen Skouteris, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Marita McCabe, Brittany Watson, Julia Fredrickson, Amanda D. Jones, Stella Omerogullari, Kelly Stanton, Leah Bromfield and Louise L. Hardy

Article first published online: 23 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2453

  • There is a need to address the lifestyle habits of young people in residential care.
  • Raising awareness is an important first step, but must be supplemented with supportive environmental change to enable lasting, healthy outcomes.
  • Carer capabilities need to be strengthened so that they can effectively manage challenging behaviours, yet still address the lifestyle habits of young people in care.
  • Stakeholder ‘buy-in’ and a programme champion are critical to implementation of healthy lifestyle programmes in residential care.


Original Article: Contextual Risk, Individualised Responses: An Assessment of Safeguarding Responses to Nine Cases of Peer-on-Peer Abuse

Authors: Carlene Firmin

Article first published online: 21 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2449

  • Social contexts such as peer groups, schools and neighbourhoods can make young people vulnerable to peer-on-peer abuse.
  • Assessing and intervening with young people and families affected by peer-on-peer abuse will not impact upon the social contexts associated with the phenomenon.
  • Multiagency partnerships need to intervene with social contexts that, albeit beyond the traditional remit of child protection, facilitate peer-on-peer abuse and undermine the capacity of parents to keep young people safe.


Original Article: The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Study: Outcomes, Lessons Learnt and Future Recommendations

Authors: Rachael Cox, Helen Skouteris, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Brittany Watson, Amanda D. Jones, Stella Omerogullari, Kelly Stanton, Leah Bromfield and Louise L. Hardy

Article first published online: 24 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2442

  • There are a number of challenges inherent to collecting longitudinal data and/or employing a randomised trial design in this setting. Researchers working in this area need to acknowledge the critical need for this type of research but also consider alternative approaches to data collection.
  • It is integral that organisational practices and/or policies are in place so that a HEAL philosophy is embedded in the residential OOHC culture; in other words, HEAL becomes a part of each organisation’s values, goals and shared expectations.


Original Article: A Comparison of Accidental and Abusive Ano-Genital Injury in Children

Authors: Neil McIntosh and Jacqueline Y. Q. Mok

Article first published online: 24 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.245

  • Hymenal or vaginal injury is very unlikely in accidental ano-genital injury unless there are indications of significant impalement.
  • Perineal and labial injuries are very common in accidental ano-genital injury.
  • Injuries to the posterior fourchette poorly differentiate abusive and accidental ano-genital injuries.
  • In boys, penile and scrotal injuries are more common following accidental injury, whereas anal/perianal injuries are more likely abusive.


Original Article: Can I Have A Word? Social Worker Interaction and Sense-Making

Author: Duncan Helm

Article first published online: 24 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/car.2463

  • Curiosity and methodical doubt are central elements in effective social work sense-making.
  • Social workers can use informal discussions effectively to support open-minded and rigorous sense-making.
  • Choice and proximity of colleagues can promote shared sense-making.
  • The nature of office spaces may influence the sense of self-security that underpins effective sense-making.