Child Maltreatment in the Last 50 Years: The Use of Statistics

  • Jeroen J.H. Dekker
Part of the Educational Research book series (EDRE, volume 5)


Maltreatment of children as an educational problem received new and on-going attention with the publication in 1962 of the article on the Battered Child Syndrome by the American medical doctors C. H. Kempe, F. N. Silverman and their colleagues (Kempe, 1962). Following that publication, numerous studies were published on the abuse and neglect of children. Moreover, an increasing institutional and legal framework for diagnosing and preventing child maltreatment was set up in many countries in the Western world. With the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular article 19, it was accepted that there should be international standards on the protection of children and on the behaviour of their educators. States should exercise more responsibility in this matter and professionals should have more power to tackle the problem. These views were accepted across most of the world with almost all UN member states ratifying the Convention.


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  • Jeroen J.H. Dekker
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  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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