Child Abuse in Malaysia: A Neglected Child Health Issue

Fahisham Taib, Zahilah Filzah


Child abuse's trend has been on the rise in Malaysia. Despite strong legislative rules of Child Act 2001, the response of the community is believed to be inadequate. Various factors that have been highlighted to ensure effective management of the issue. Child abuse is considered a social emergency due to its complexity and involvement of emotional, family dynamic and domestic instability. The success of the managing these cases largely depends on our urgency and collaborative partnership between multidiplinary team members, to improve on the welfare of these children, albeit a slower outcome. The community as a whole has to be proactive in reporting hidden cases to avoid mortality or morbidity, as a result of the perpetrator's actions.

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Child abuse, maltreatment, child protection

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