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Child Maltreatment

Psycho-historian Lloyd De Mause said, "The history of childhood is a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awake. The further back in history one goes, the lower the level of child care and the more likely children are to be killed, abandoned, beaten, terrorized and abused" (Child Maltreatment, 2012, National Association of Counsel for Children). While the history of maltreatment led to protection laws currently in place, often the laws or systems put in place to protect children fail. The Child Maltreatment-National Association website ( provides statistics for incidence of child maltreatment.

I need some help conceptualizing these questions on the article linked:
1. After reviewing the site, offer an explanation for the number of children who are still maltreated.
2. Provide an example of current day child maltreatment that was not prevented or addressed by the policies in place.
3. What ideas do you have to improve policies or procedures?
4.Would you focus on prevention?
5. How?

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I believe in most cases, the parent or caregiver probably was treated the same way as a child; therefore, they think that it is normal to treat a child in this manner. This is a vicious cycle that continually renews itself from generation to generation. Just as the parents maltreat their children because they were treated the same way, when these children grow up, they will too think it is normal and treat their child in the same manner. And for these precious children that are being maltreated, chances are, that is all they have ever known, and to them it is normal because they do not know any different (1).

An example of current day maltreatment that was not prevented or addressed by the policies that were in place is: In my town, I know of a young mother who had a beautiful 4 year old little girl. One day, this little girl was at her grandmother's house and tells her ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses maltreatment of children and the policies that have been put into place to prevent the maltreatment of children. Also discusses possible ways to improve policies and procedures. All references used are included.