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Child protection 

Child protection
Child protection

David Coghill

, Sally Bonnar

, Sandra L. Duke

, Johnny Graham

, and Sarah Seth

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date: 29 October 2020

Child protection: general issues 412

Physical abuse and neglect 414

Emotional abuse 416

Munchausen's syndrome by proxy 417

Child sexual abuse: definitions and prevalence 418

Child sexual abuse: impact and intervention 420

Recommended reading 422

Despite many attempts to develop one, there is no standardized definition of what constitutes child abuse and definitions vary amongst professionals, over time, and between social and cultural groups. The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested that ‘Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm in the child's health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.’...

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