Responding to child maltreatment: A clinical handbook for health professionals


World Health Organization


This in-depth handbook discusses understanding, identifying, and responding to child maltreatment as well as taking care of the provider’s own mental health.

This handbook is intended primarily for front-line health care providers who are likely to see children (among other clients) in their day-to-day practice. These may include general practitioners, nurses, midwives, gynaecologists, paediatricians, mental health professionals, first responders and staff in emergency care.

Other professionals who may find it useful include social workers, those working in social welfare institutions, providers of psychosocial support, and those working in child care facilities and the education system.

Further, the content will benefit the work of policy-makers and managers to enable and support provision of clinical care to children experiencing, or who have experienced, child maltreatment.


Access the handbook here