|World Perspectives on Child Abuse|
Since 1982, ISPCAN has published World Perspectives on Child Abuse every two years, releasing it in conjunction with its international Congresses. The title World Perspectives suggests an ambitious goal. It is naturally difficult to cover the entire world and to capture what is happening related to child abuse and neglect in all countries in any depth. Nevertheless, World Perspectives offers valuable glimpses of this problem in many countries, an opportunity to track trends and progress and, hopefully, information that many will find useful.
One well-informed person would typically report on his or her country. While we encouraged soliciting input from others when necessary, it is difficult to know the accuracy of what was reported. Indeed, there can be enormous variation within a country, making it tricky to respond to some questions.
In addition to profiling the individual countries, we analyzed the data by geographic region and income level categories—low, middle, and high. There are striking commonalities and differences. Finally, appendices include contact information for many of the respondents who completed the survey, the survey itself, and a list of major international agencies and ISPCAN Country partners involved in addressing child abuse and neglect.