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Maltreatment of children in out-of-home care: A review of associated factors and outcomes


  • Uliando, Anna
  • Mellor, David


This paper provides an overview of the nature and consequences of the maltreatment of children in out-of-home care. It discusses maltreatment by individual perpetrators such as carers or other children, and maltreatment inflicted through policies, processes and decisions made within the child protection system. The impacts of maltreatment in out-of-home care on children are reviewed, and the child, worker and system factors that contribute to maltreatment of children in care are discussed. The need for changes in child protection services is highlighted.

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  • Uliando, Anna & Mellor, David, 2012. "Maltreatment of children in out-of-home care: A review of associated factors and outcomes," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(12), pages 2280-2286.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:12:p:2280-2286
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.08.003

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    1. Aventin, Áine & Houston, Stan & Macdonald, Geraldine, 2014. "Utilising a computer game as a therapeutic intervention for youth in residential care: Some preliminary findings on use and acceptability," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(P3), pages 362-369.
    2. Euser, Saskia & Alink, Lenneke R.A. & Tharner, Anne & van IJzendoorn, Marinus H. & Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marian J., 2014. "Out of home placement to promote safety? The prevalence of physical abuse in residential and foster care," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 64-70.
    3. González-García, Carla & Bravo, Amaia & Arruabarrena, Ignacia & Martín, Eduardo & Santos, Iriana & Del Valle, Jorge F., 2017. "Emotional and behavioral problems of children in residential care: Screening detection and referrals to mental health services," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 73(C), pages 100-106.


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