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The Nature and Prevalence of Child Abuse

Professor Lorraine Radford (Connect Centre for Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm, University of Central Lancashire)

Professor Radford has provided the Inquiry with a Report on the nature and prevalence (or extent) of child abuse in high-income countries generally and in Scotland in particular.

The Report:

  1. Investigates the nature and prevalence of child abuse in high-income countries, both overall and in relation to children in care.
  2. Investigates the nature and prevalence of child abuse in the UK generally and in Scotland in particular, both overall and in relation to children in care.
  3. Identifies any significant gaps in the existing published research and how any such gaps could be addressed.

Professor Radford’s Report identified high-quality, peer-reviewed literature on the nature and prevalence of child abuse:

  • in high-income countries;
  • in the UK generally; and,
  • in Scotland in particular.

The material has been systematically assessed to ensure that only relevant work of suitable quality is included. A narrative analysis of the findings has been written, organised around key themes which emerged as most relevant to answering the research questions.

 

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