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Child maltreatment - prevalence and characteristics of mandatory reports from dental professionals to the social services
Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Uppsala University, Sweden.
Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, ISSN 0960-7439, E-ISSN 1365-263X, Vol. 27, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BackgroundDental professionals are required to report suspicions of child maltreatment to the social services. As yet, no studies assess the prevalence of these mandated reports from dental care services or their content. AimThis study investigates the prevalence and characteristics of mandated reports from dental professionals to the social services. Furthermore, it analyses associations between dental professionals reporting suspicions of maltreatment with such reports from other sources. DesignThe study collected dental mandatory reports from within one municipality of Sweden during 2008-2014. The material consisted of a total of 147 reports by dental professionals regarding 111 children. ResultsThe total prevalence of reports from dental care services to the social services was 1.5 per 1000 children with a significant increase between 2008 and 2011 (P amp;lt; 0.001). The primary cause for a report concerned parental deficiencies in care (n = 93) and secondly, a concern for dental neglect (n = 52) (P amp;lt; 0.001). Among all reports, 86% involved children with prior contacts with the social services. ConclusionReports to the social services from dental care services on suspicions of child maltreatment concern parental deficiencies (failure to attend appointments) and neglect (dental neglect). Mandated reports from dental care services often co-occur with other mandated reports.

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WILEY-BLACKWELL , 2017. Vol. 27, no 1
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133881DOI: 10.1111/ipd.12230ISI: 000389925200003PubMedID: 26992159OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133881DiVA: diva2:1065119
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2017-01-13

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