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Study: Home visiting program can dramatically reduce child abuse in the longer term

from Medical Xpress

Latest research from the University of Otago, Christchurch shows the Early Start home visiting program halved rates of physical abuse against children and lowered non-accidental hospital visits by a third over a sustained period. Early Start is a home visiting program targeted at improving the well being of preschool children living in families facing multiple stresses and challenges. The program begins in infancy and can be delivered for up to five years. The Early Start program was developed in Christchurch and provided the prototype for the Government-funded Family Start program, which runs in centers around New Zealand. more

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