Balkan Epidemiological Study on Child Abuse and Neglect

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: HEALTH-F2 2009-223478
EC contribution
: € 2,323,346.00
: 40 months
Starting date
: 01/10/2009
: study, child, abuse, neglect, Balkan, epidemiology, surveillance, networking, ICAST questionnaires
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BECAN is a collaborating FP7 Project, the main activity of which is an epidemiological study of child abuse and neglect (CAN) in the general population of 11 to 16 year-old children that attend or have dropped-out of school and additionally a case-based surveillance of reported/detected CAN cases in 9 Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYRoM, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Turkey). Given that currently there is no information on the prevalence of CAN in the general population of children in Balkan countries, and this study is certainly the largest in sample size ever to be conducted in the Balkan area, it is expected that BECAN will provide the basis for the harmonization of CAN screening procedures in the Balkan area, and offer valuable tools to relevant policy-making activities in all participating Balkan countries.

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