Child abuse and neglect in the UK today Research into the prevalence of child maltreatment in the United Kingdom
In 2000 we published the first ever UK-wide study of child maltreatment. Ten years later we carried out a much larger study to give us a more up-to-date picture of what children were experiencing.
We interviewed over 6,000 young adults, teenagers, children and parents of younger children. Our report looks at their experiences of abuse and neglect. It examines the impact of abuse and highlights that many children experiencing abuse by their parents or carers also experience other forms of abuse from other people.
Authors: Lorraine Radford, Susana Corral, Christine Bradley, Helen Fisher, Claire Bassett, Nick Howat and Stephan Collishaw
A substantial minority of children experience severe maltreatment and abuse at home, in school, in the community, from adults and from peers.
- 1 in 5 children have experienced severe maltreatment
- Children abused by parents or carers are almost 3 times more likely to also witness family violence
- 1 in 3 children sexually abused by an adult didn’t tell anyone at the time
- All types of abuse and neglect are associated with poorer mental health
Strong associations were found between maltreatment, sexual abuse, physical violence, and poorer emotional wellbeing, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
|Chapter 1: Introduction||16|
|Chapter 2: Research participants||29|
|Chapter 3: Child maltreatment in the family||39|
|Chapter 4: Maltreatment by adults not living in the family home||67|
|Chapter 5: Severe maltreatment in context||87|
|Chapter 6: Is child maltreatment increasing?||107|
|Chapter 7: Conclusions and implications||117|
|Appendix A: National Survey of Child Safety and Victimisation||124|
|Appendix B: Tables||138|
|Appendix C: Methodology||158|
|Appendix D: Selected Prevalence Studies||180|
Please cite as: Radford, L. et al. (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today. London: NSPCC.
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