Child maltreatment in organisations: Risk factors and strategies for prevention

A paper investigating recent literature on child maltreatment in organisational settings.

Authors: Mel Irenyi, Leah Bromfield, Lorraine Beyer, Professor Daryl Higgins

Abstract: This paper investigates recent literature on child maltreatment in organisational settings. The paper begins with a discussion of Senate inquiries investigating the history and current concerns of organisational child maltreatment in Australian institutions before outlining some risk factors for children. The problematic notion of seeking to profile perpetrators of organisational child maltreatment in order to identify actual or potential high-risk individuals is then explored. The paper outlines some of the common myths and facts about perpetrators before considering organisational risk factors. This is followed by an outline of positive strategies to increase child safety in the context of organisations. Special attention is given to the development of current theoretical models, and strategies for responding to disclosure of past or current abuse.

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