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Implementing child maltreatment prevention programmes: what the experts say

Child maltreatment exists in every society across the world, with Europe being no exception. As well as physical injuries, maltreatment can contribute to poor mental health and wellbeing, such as feelings of abandonment, fear, anxiety, depression, self-harm or even suicide. Internationally some groups and individuals have successfully pioneered programmes to prevent child maltreatment, or been instrumental in changing strategy or policy to protect the rights of the child. Many of these successes are captured in academic papers but these can omit key learning points on how to establish and sustain successful interventions. This handbook aims to address this gap and provide accessible and practical information to practitioners, policy-makers and commissioners on implementing key types of child maltreatment prevention programmes. Information presented in this handbook is drawn directly from interviews with world-leading experts in their fields. From these interviews the handbook summarizes general advice on how to initiate and roll out different prevention activities, most important first steps, key questions to consider, and how to overcome some common challenges and barriers to successful implementation.