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Child maltreatment in the United Kingdom

A study of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect

New prevalence report

Findings on the prevalence and impact of child maltreatment from a national study

Read the new report
By Pat Cawson, Corinne Wattam, Sue Brooker and Graham Kelly (November 2000)


Child maltreatment in the United Kingdom: executive summary (PDF, 67KB)

Child maltreatment in the United Kingdom is the most comprehensive report into child abuse and neglect ever undertaken in this country. It presents the findings of a survey of the childhood experiences of 2,869 18-24 year olds, including their experience of abuse and neglect.

Our executive summary provides an overview of the research and main findings of the survey arranged under the following headings:

  • family life
  • acceptable and unacceptable ways of treating children
  • bullying and discrimination
  • physical abuse
  • physical neglect: absence of adequate parental care and supervision
  • emotional or psychological maltreatment
  • sexual abuse.

Front cover of Child maltreatment in the United KingdomFull report:

Cawson, P., Wattam, C., Brooker, S. and Kelly, G. (2000) Child maltreatment in the United Kingdom: a study of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect. London: NSPCC.
ISBN: 1842280066


Related reading


Child abuse and neglect in the UK today
Radford et al, 2011
In 2009, the NSPCC carried out a second UK-wide study of child maltreatment to give us a more up-to-date picture of child maltreatment.