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Child abuse

Jonathan Herring

in Family Law

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199668526
Published online February 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199668526.003.0007

Series: Very Short Introductions

Child abuse

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‘Child abuse’ examines this extremely emotive and hotly debated area of family law. The law is able to remove a child from a situation where abuse is suspected, but this is a power that must be exercised with great caution. What constitutes child abuse? There must be some consideration of cultural differences in the definition. The law has to consider a number of issues: what should be done when there is a suspicion of abuse but no proof? How bad must the abuse be before it justifies removal of a child? Judges have to deal with these questions every day.

Keywords: child abuse; children's rights; criminal law; family law; human rights

Chapter.  3614 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Family Law

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