Using law to identify, manage and prevent child maltreatment

Mathews, Benjamin P. & Bross, Donald C. (2014) Using law to identify, manage and prevent child maltreatment. In Korbin, Jill E. & Krugman, Richard D. (Eds.) Handbook of Child Maltreatment. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, NL, pp. 477-502.

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This chapter identifies ways in which laws are capable of responding to child maltreatment, both as an immediate regulator of conduct, and as an influence on a society’s cultural development and approach to children’s welfare. Informed by practices and experiences in selected common law systems, the chapter provides examples of legal mechanisms that can inform discussion of optimal strategies to identify and manage child maltreatment in many different societies. Both positive and negative aspects of these mechanisms are noted. While controversies arise as to what kinds of laws are best in preventing and responding to child maltreatment, and even, more fundamentally, whether there is a role for law in protecting children, this chapter offers evidence that a variety of legal tools can be employed to address child abuse and neglect, for any cultural setting in which there is willingness to act to prevent and treat its various forms.

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ID Code: 82521
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Child maltreatment, Child abuse and neglect, Legal methods of responding, Legal methods of prevention, Children's rights, Evidence, Law, Policy, Medicine, Public health, Public policy
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7208-3_26
ISBN: 9789400772076
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Human Rights Law (180114)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2015 22:33
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 15:32

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