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Title: Assessment of child abuse and neglect services in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Report of findings
Authors: Birzeit University. Institute of Community and Public Health
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Birzeit University, Institute of Community and Public Health
Abstract: Violence is a diffuse and complex phenomenon. Defining it is not an exact science but a matter of judgment. Even so, the definition can vary depending on who defines it and for what purpose. The WHO definition, broadly accepted, defines it as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal development or deprivation”. Violence against children, specifically, is referred to as child abuse and neglect or child maltreatment, which is defined by the WHO as ‘All forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust, or power’ (WHO, 2002) Child maltreatment is usually divided into 5 subtypes: Physical abuse Sexual abuse Emotional abuse Deprivation or neglect Commercial and other exploitation In Palestine, like elsewhere, measuring violence and child abuse and neglect is extremely sensitive and difficult in terms of completeness, quality, reliability and usefulness of available information. On the other hand, reliable data are vital for understanding the nature and extent of the problem, for advocacy purposes, and for developing adequate preventive and intervention strategies. Several institutions in the oPt, especially those offering psycho-social/mental health services and support for children with special needs have begun to lay some complementary groundwork for a workable assessment and policy development for the problem of child abuse and neglect. The aim of this research project was to assess local community resources and services related to child abuse and neglect at the charitable, NGO, international, UNRWA and ministerial levels, and to collect information on cases of child abuse and neglect that reach the service providers. The specific objectives of the overall project are:  To identify institutions that provide services/programs for abused and neglected children, and type of services/programs available.  To obtain baseline data on the numbers of child abuse and neglect that reach service providers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  To identify the numbers, qualification, training of personnel working with abused and neglected children.  To identify main challenges faced by providers in providing services for abused and neglected children.  To collect data on child abuse and neglect indicators that can be compared with other countries.  To gather resources on the topic of child protection related to Palestinian children in the oPt: reports, books, local research articles, as well as the newly approved child law for the Palestinian Territory. These documents will be available for the public as a part of the Institute‟s resource center.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/741
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