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NCJ Number: 228909 Find in a Library
Title: Commentary on National Child Maltreatment Surveillance Systems: Examples of Progress
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:11  Dated:November 2009  Pages:809-814
Author(s): Majid A. AIEissa; John D. Fluke; Bernard Gerbaka; Lutz Goldbeck; Jenny Gray; Nicole Hunter; Bernadette Madrid; Bert Van Puyenbroeck; Ian Richards; Lil Tonmyr
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 6
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This commentary presents examples of several countries' child maltreatment data collection system efforts.
Abstract: The 10 data system examples presented in this commentary (Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, New Zealand, the United States, Lebanon, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Germany) give some sense of the range of developmental stage, capacity, and comprehensiveness of coverage of the systems. The Germany example also illustrates a situation where social and political constraints may slow or prevent the development of a system, despite the recognition of child maltreatment as an important concern. Six of the 10 systems are maintained within the social service sector. It is recommended that in the future general improvements such as the implementation of standard instruments for assessment, case definition, and documentation be addressed more effectively by systems to improve the validity and usefulness of data aggregated on a national level. A national sector specific child maltreatment data collection system is defined as one that is based on information recorded as part of an intervention addressing child maltreatment. With child maltreatment responses seen as multifaceted, data can be collected in the context of any number of sectors, but most often these are social, health, and judicial services. This commentary addresses country surveillance systems drawn from the experience of professionals engaged in developing, implementing, and analyzing sector specific response data regarding child maltreatment. The examples presented are meant to be a self-selected scan, with a commitment to the improvement of the data collection picture globally and representative of the regions of the world. References
Main Term(s): Child abuse detection
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Data analysis; Data collections; Data integrity; Effectiveness
Note: For additional articles in this special issue see NCJ-228906-8 and NCJ-228910-12.
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