Research Update: No Clear Evidence of a Decrease in Child Maltreatment

An article in the latest Otago Bulletin highlights recent research undertaken on child maltreatment rates:

New Zealand is named in a major international study involving the University of Otago as one of six states and countries which have no clear evidence of a decrease in child maltreatment over the past two decades.

Led by Professor Ruth Gilbert, University College London Institute of Child Health (ICH), the study, just published in the Lancet, concludes that despite numerous government policy initiatives designed to achieve a reduction in child maltreatment, no change was apparent.

The full article is available on page 9 of the Otago Bulletin, Issue 1, 2012 (PDF; 2.0 MB).