Child abuse in China: A yet-to-be-acknowledged 'social problem' in the Chinese Mainland

D. P. Qiao, Y. C. Chan

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Child abuse or child maltreatment has been a worldwide concern. In China, however, it receives scant attention from both academic communities and government. Chinese society has little awareness of child abuse as it is known in the West and there are apparently different conceptions and treatments of the problem. This paper attempts to delineate how the problem is now understood and treated in Mainland China. The reasons why child abuse has not yet been recognized as a social problem worthy of public concern in China are explored. It is argued that as a signatory of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child there is a need for the Chinese government, the academic community and professionals to reflect on their conception and treatment of child abuse so as to achieve more effective child protection for all children who are victims of child abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2005


  • Child abuse
  • China
  • Social problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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