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The Prevention of Child Abuse

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1999
<mark>Journal</mark>Children and Society
Issue number4
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)317-329
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


An apparent practice oriented consensus that child abuse can and should be prevented covers over considerable conflict in ideology, interest and conceptual understanding. Three current approaches to the prevention of child abuse are reviewed: clinical health led risk assessment models, broader social reform strategies and criminal justice youth victimisation models. Sources of contradiction are explored through the definitions of child abuse underpinning different strategies. The paper proposes a change in the language of child protection, away from child abuse towards specified avoidable harm.