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Ann Saudi Med. 2011 Nov-Dec; 31(6): 635–640.
PMCID: PMC3221137
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in Saudi Arabia: Are We Ready?
Maha Almuneefab and Majid Al-Eissaac
From the aNational Family Safety Program, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
bDepartment of Pediatrics, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
cDepartment of Emergency Medicine, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Correspondence: Dr. Maha A. Almuneef, Executive Director of the National Family Safety Program (NFSP), King Abdul-Aziz Medical City- National Guard Health Affairs (KAMC-R), PO Box 22940, Riyadh 11426, Saudi Arabia. T: +96612520088 Ext. 40101, F: +96612520088 Ext. 40102. mahamuneef/at/gmail.com
Accepted January 2011.
Abstract
Although child abuse and neglect (CAN) have been recognized by medical professionals for the last 20 years, child protection services and child maltreatment prevention programs are still emerging in Saudi Arabia. This paper will review the progress made in the country in terms of recognition and implementation of child protection services. Furthermore, it will draw attention to the essential steps required to start child maltreatment prevention programs, as CAN prevention is currently viewed as a global healthcare priority with an emphasis on evidence-based interventions. In addition, this paper will assess Saudi Arabia's readiness to prevent CAN and the challenges that will be faced by the professionals in implementing evidence-based CAN prevention programs.
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