Responding to child maltreatment: Comparison between the USA and China

Responding to child maltreatment: Comparison between the USA and China A recent study estimated that over one‐fourth of Chinese children have suffered maltreatment (Fang et al., 2015). However, the current child welfare policy in China is limited to orphans, abandoned children, and children with disabilities. Also, there is very little comparative research in China on Chinese and other countries’ child welfare systems. The purpose of this study was to analyze applicable US and Chinese child welfare policies, identify gaps in Chinese policy regarding child maltreatment, and make recommendations for a policy agenda for improving child welfare in China based on cultural values and existing policy structures. Results show that China has considerable capacity to make improvements in child protective services, foster care, and adoption policies. Based on the results of this study, several implications are provided to develop China's child maltreatment policy to increase children's outcomes of well‐being, safety, and permanency. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Social Welfare Wiley

Responding to child maltreatment: Comparison between the USA and China

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and the International Journal of Social Welfare
ISSN
1369-6866
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1468-2397
D.O.I.
10.1111/ijsw.12287
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Abstract

A recent study estimated that over one‐fourth of Chinese children have suffered maltreatment (Fang et al., 2015). However, the current child welfare policy in China is limited to orphans, abandoned children, and children with disabilities. Also, there is very little comparative research in China on Chinese and other countries’ child welfare systems. The purpose of this study was to analyze applicable US and Chinese child welfare policies, identify gaps in Chinese policy regarding child maltreatment, and make recommendations for a policy agenda for improving child welfare in China based on cultural values and existing policy structures. Results show that China has considerable capacity to make improvements in child protective services, foster care, and adoption policies. Based on the results of this study, several implications are provided to develop China's child maltreatment policy to increase children's outcomes of well‐being, safety, and permanency.

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International Journal of Social WelfareWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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