According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), child abuse is a global problem that is deeply rooted in cultural, economic and social practices. Some types of abuse may be so ingrained in a society that law enforcement officials turn their backs because they do not consider it abuse. This is why it is important to understand how communities maintain the use of these harmful practices. And whenever possible to suggest alternatives.
Key learning points include:
Children may experience many different types of abuse
Some kinds of child abuse are a result of cultural practices that are harmful
It is important to agree what is, and is not, a harmful cultural practice and to understand how communities maintain the use of these practices
Often there are no appropriate legal systems or structures to go to for help when concerns about the abuse of children arise.