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Contact with the child protection system and children's development

Experiences of abuse and neglect during important stages of early childhood have been demonstrated to have pervasive impacts on children’s development, with a breadth of evidence to indicate detrimental effects on early brain development, cognitive functioning and psychosocial outcomes.Longitudinal research has also shown child abuse and neglect to have significant lasting effects on a range of outcomes across the life course including poorer physical and mental health, lower educational attainment, lower rates of employment, increased alcohol and substance abuse, homelessness and criminality [2-4]. Traditionally, research into child abuse and neglect has focused primarily on the most severe cases of abuse and neglect, and this has provided consistent findings regarding the link between experiences of abuse and neglect and poorer development outcomes.