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April 2010Vol. 11, No. 3Free Journal Issue on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations (U.N.) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Elsevier has published a special issue of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal that is freely available to the public for 1 year. Articles in the issue address a variety of topics related to the CRC, which sets standards designed to protect the economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights of children. The treaty was unanimously adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in November 1989 and has been ratified by almost every country.

Child rights and protection experts from around the world contributed to the special issue. The introduction offers a retrospective look at international progress in the areas of research, data collection, and reporting over the last two decades. Other topics addressed in the journal include:

  • Implementation guidelines for child protection programs
  • Promising practices from national child maltreatment surveillance systems
  • Cross-cultural and cross-national child abuse screening instruments
  • Potential implications of the United States' ratification of the CRC
  • Child maltreatment and child protection systems in Canada, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and sub-Saharan Africa
  • A comparative study of countries' effectiveness in implementing child protection measures
  • Methodological challenges in measuring child maltreatment

The guest editors of the special issue are Yanghee Lee and Kimberly Svevo-Cianci. Find parts 1 and 2 of the issue on the Elsevier website:

Part 1, November 2009, 33(11):

Part 2, January 2010, 34(1):

A press release is available on the Elsevier website: