• March/April 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 2

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Global Views on Child, Family Policy and Child Abuse

Gain a global perspective on issues affecting children, youth, and family through a new website sponsored by Columbia University and a new book on child abuse by Greenwood Publishing Group.

The Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth, and Family Policies provides cross-national, comparative information about the policies, programs, benefits, and services available to address child, youth, and family needs. While currently focusing on the advanced industrialized countries, including the U.S., coverage of other countries is planned. The Clearinghouse also plans to expand its reporting to include policies and programs related to child welfare, abuse, and neglect; substitute care; and lone mothers.

Users can research a particular country's policies and programs or access multi-country tables for comparative data. The following benefits and services are profiled:

  • family leave policies
  • early childhood education and care
  • family allowances
  • tax benefits
  • child support
  • other income transfers
  • child & adolescent health
  • school-age children: policies and programs
  • housing
  • youth policies
  • work and family life

In addition, the site contains comparative country background data, reference publications, and statistics on health, poverty, educational attainment, and youth. Links to international sites; international conventions, treaties, and resolutions; a currency converter and glossary are also useful research tools. A bulletin board provides an opportunity to post questions to Clearinghouse staff and other professionals.

Visit the Clearinghouse site at: http://www.childpolicyintl.org

A new book, Child Abuse: A Global View, delves into the way child abuse and neglect is defined, prevented, and treated worldwide. Sixteen countries, including the U.S., were chosen to represent all the regions of the world. Scholars explore each country's approach to the problem, including:

  • history of child abuse
  • how child abuse is defined
  • prevalence of abuse
  • child protection and legal actions taken when abuse is suspected
  • remedial services available for families and abused children
  • legal innovations available for child witnesses/victims of abuse
  • legislative reforms
  • legal ramifications for offenders
  • preventative measures

Order a copy of the 296-page book for $49.95 from:

Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
Phone: 203-226-3571
Website: http://info.greenwood.com/books/0313307/0313307458.html

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