Cumulative risk and harm: the condition of accumulation in child maltreatment

Bryce, India (2018) Cumulative risk and harm: the condition of accumulation in child maltreatment. Communities, Children and Families Australia , 12 (1). pp. 7-22.

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Abstract

Children may often be able to overcome and grow from single episodes of maltreatment, however as
these risk factors accumulate, a child’s capacity to endure diminishes (Newman & Blackburn, 2002). This
paper highlights the prevalence of chronicity and multiplicity in maltreatment experiences and the ways in
which these experiences may manifest, as multi type maltreatment, poly-victimisation and re-victimisation
across the life course. The article discusses the reciprocal relationship between risk and harm; and examines
the literature on cumulative risk and cumulative harm and the theoretical frameworks that underpin the notion
of accumulation. The paper argues that cumulative risk and harm need to be embedded in practice and
prioritised in research, across all aspects of the helping professions, in order to turn the tide in our battle to
protect our most vulnerable children and families.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Accepted Version.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 July 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2019 23:53
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: accumulation; child maltreatment; cumulative harm; cumulative risk; practice; research
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940112 Families and Family Services
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Children's/Youth Services and Childcare
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36738

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