European report on preventing child maltreatment (2013)



Edited by Dinesh Sethi, Mark Bellis, Karen Hughes, Ruth Gilbert, Francesco Mitis and Gauden Galea
2013, xi + 115 pages
ISBN 978 92 890 0028 4
CHF 25.00
In developing countries: CHF 17.50
Order no. 13400136

Child maltreatment is a leading cause of health inequality, with the socioeconomically disadvantaged more at risk, perpetuating social injustice. Though it is a priority in most countries of the WHO European Region, few devote adequate resources and attention to its prevention.

This report outlines the high burden of child maltreatment, its causes and consequences and the cost−effectiveness of prevention programmes. It makes compelling arguments for increased investment in prevention and, by offering policy-makers a preventive approach based on strong evidence and shared experience, it will help them respond to increased demands from the public to tackle child maltreatment.