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Child Abuse and Protection
Contemporary issues in research, policy and practice

ISBN 9781138209992
Published August 23, 2018 by Routledge
258 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Literature in the child abuse and child protection arena has tended to adopt either a practice or legal perspective. Drawing on their expertise as researchers and leaders in their field, Julia Davison and Antonia Bifulco offer a comprehensive and cohesive book on child abuse and child protection, drawing on both criminological and psychological perspectives on all forms of child maltreatment and child protection practice together with impacts on the victims.

This book considers a range of areas, from definitions of child abuse and discussions of its prevalence, to an examination of the experiences of children in care, to international perspectives on children within the criminal justice system, to the emergence of online child abuse and the increasing awareness of historical abuse. Each chapter draws together key elements in the field, including prevalence and definition, different disciplinary approaches; different practice challenges; international impacts; and technological issues. Brief case studies throughout the book reflect the voice or experience of the child, ensuring that the focus remains on the child at the centre of the abuse.

Balancing coverage of theory and research and considering implications for practice and policy, this book will appeal to a range of disciplines, including criminology, psychology, psychiatry, social work and law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to child abuse

2. Safeguarding children internationally 

3. Health and psychological consequences of abuse

4. Abuse and children’s services in the UK 

5. Child victims in criminal justice systems 

6. The digital world, online abuse and child safety 

7. Conclusion and key messages 



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Julia Davidson is Professor of Criminology at the University of East London and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, Middlesex University, UK.

Antonia Bifulco is Professor of Lifespan Psychology and Head of the Department of Psychology at Middlesex University, UK. She is Director for the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies at Middlesex University.


"This is a very interesting book and a useful source of reference for students and practitioners alike. It provides a very contemporary overview on a number of subjects of interest within the field of Child Abuse and Protection. It is encouraging to see that the importance of listening to children, is maintained throughout."

- Emma Twigg, Stage 1 Tutor and Placement Co-ordinator, Department of Education and Childhood, University of Derby