A League Table of Child Maltreatment Deaths in Rich Nations

Innocenti Report Card 5

A League Table of Child Maltreatment Deaths in Rich Nations
  • Format
  • Date of Publication
    • 2003
  • Pages
    • 36
  • ISBN
    • 88 85401 94 5
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 315U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English
  • Other languages


This report represents the first ever attempt to draw a comparative picture of the physical abuse of children in the 27 richest nations of the world. UNICEF research estimates that almost 3,500 children under the age of 15 die from physical abuse and neglect every year in the industrialized world. The greatest risk is among younger children. A small group of countries - Spain, Greece, Italy, Ireland and Norway - appear to have an exceptionally low incidence of child maltreatment deaths; Belgium, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Hungary and France have levels that are four to six times higher. The United States, Mexico and Portugal have rates that are between 10 and 15 times higher than those at the top of the league table. The good news is that child deaths from maltreatment appear to be declining in the great majority of industrialized countries.


Thematic area

Industrialized Countries   /  Rights of the Child   / 


child abuse   /  child protection   /  children's rights violation   /  comparative analysis   /