Child maltreatment can have both immediate and long-lasting effects on the development, health and wellbeing of children and young people (Levey et al, 20171, Carr et al, 20202).
Current evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to prevent or reduce child maltreatment is mixed. There is only limited evidence of the long-lasting effects on the development, health and wellbeing of children and young people from high quality randomised controlled trials (RCTs).
Authors: Rebekah Fox, Emma Belton, Madeleine Baldwin, Nicola McConnell
ReferencesLevey, E. J. et al (2017) A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of interventions designed to decrease child abuse in high-risk families. Child Abuse and Neglect, pp. 65: 48-57.
Interventions aimed at reducing maltreatment in families with a history of abuse or neglect appear more effective than those designed to prevent maltreatment in ‘at risk’ families or the general population.
Interventions are most effective when:
Please cite as: Fox, R. et al (2022) Review of parent interventions to prevent child maltreatment. London: NSPCC.
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