Communities that raise children well: the elements of success

Author: Matt Forde

While the USA is the leader in scientific research and programme development in preventing child maltreatment, it is in the countries of Northern Europe that benefits can best be realised for children. This is because their wider social policies are strongly associated with improving child wellbeing. Yet in these countries there is dissatisfaction with the current impact, and a desire for greater understanding to reduce the harm experienced by children. This spans research and social policy. For Scotland and the UK, my recommendation is for a greatly increased research and development platform to prevent child maltreatment.