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Child maltreatment: pathway to chronic and long-term conditions?

Taylor, Julie; Bradbury-Jones, Caroline; Lazenbatt, Anne; Soliman, Francesca

Authors

Julie Taylor

Caroline Bradbury-Jones

Anne Lazenbatt



Abstract

The manifesto Start Well, Live Better by the UK Faculty of Public Health (Start Well, Live Better—A Manifesto for the Public's Health. London: UK Faculty of Public Health, 2014) sets out 12 compelling priorities for the protection of people's health. The focus of this document is preventative, calling for a comprehensive strategy to target a wide-ranging set of challenges to public health; however, it fails to mention child maltreatment and its negative impact on long-term health outcomes. In this article, we explore the long-term negative consequences of child maltreatment and how these can be conceptually aligned with four different characteristics of long-term health conditions. We suggest that situating child maltreatment within a long-term conditions framework could have significant advantages and implications for practice, policy and research, by strengthening a commitment across disciplines to apply evidence-based principles linked with policy and evaluation and recognizing the chronic effects of maltreatment to concentrate public, professional and government awareness of the extent and impact of the issue. We argue that a public health approach is the most effective way of focusing preventative efforts on the long-term sequelae of child maltreatment and to foster cooperation in promoting children's rights to grow and develop in a safe and caring environment free from violence and abuse.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 27, 2015
Publication Date 2016-09
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2022
Journal Journal of Public Health
Print ISSN 1741-3842
Electronic ISSN 1741-3850
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 3
Pages 426-431
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdv117
Keywords child maltreatment, chronic disease, management and policy
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2835344