Generating a research resource and public health surveillance tool for monitoring child maltreatment in the UK

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Funded by: John Fell Fund, University of Oxford

Start date: 01/08/2020 

End date: 01/04/2022

Project outline

Child maltreatment is a major public health problem in the UK; it affects one in four children and has high costs for the child, their families, and society as a whole. No single up-to-date resource however monitors child maltreatment in the UK. National data on child maltreatment are instead dispersed across a variety of inaccessible and inconsistently collected administrative sources. This project builds on previous work to develop a single resource for monitoring child maltreatment in the UK. This resource will work as an innovative surveillance tool that is automated to dynamically update with interactive data visualisations. This project thus represents a pioneering effort to create a rich open resource for research while simultaneously providing a national surveillance tool for practice and policy. 

Michelle's mentor for this project at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention is Dr David Humphreys.