A review of cumulative harm: a comparison of international child protection practices

Bryce, India R. (2018) A review of cumulative harm: a comparison of international child protection practices. Children Australia, 43 (1). pp. 23-31. ISSN 1035-0772

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This article explores the prevalence of cumulative harm as a subtle and pervasive harm type, often dismissed or ignored in child protection assessment and reporting practices. The author examines a range of trends and research that identifies current gaps in the legislative response to cumulative harm identification and intervention. Through analysis of the current practices informing child protection in Australia, it is clear that there is movement towards a more holistic understanding of harm and the impacts of long-term maltreatment. However, a nationwide level of consistent practice has not yet been achieved, which places cumulative harm and reoccurring maltreatment on an equal footing with episodic maltreatment, particularly in relation to notification and reporting. Internationally, although variations are evident, just as they are in national framework, there is an inclusive impetus towards early intervention as a means of addressing harm prior to the onset of cumulative impact. There is a growing emphasis on children's wellbeing, development and universal right to quality of life and fair treatment.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 04:28
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 00:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: cumulative harm, chronic maltreatment, abuse, neglect, legislation
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/cha.2018.3
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33746

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