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Why are they reluctant to report? A study of the barriers to reporting to child welfare services among public dental healthcare personnel

This study is a national cross-sectional survey, conducted in November 2014, of 366 dental hygienists and dentists who had suspected maltreatment but did not report it to Norwegian Child Welfare Services (CWS). The aims of the present paper are to identify the reasons why public dental healthcare professionals are reluctant to report suspected child maltreatment to CWS and to determine whether there are differences in the identified barriers according to socio-demographic variables. The questionnaire was based on earlier studies and was adapted to fit the Norwegian context. The most frequently chosen reason for not reporting was ” unsure of own assessment ” (90.4%). Thirteen items pertaining to not reporting were factorised into three factors of barriers. These factors were ” insufficient …

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