At home with parents is safest
ON 'Frontline' on Monday night, it was put to Children's Minster Frances Fitzgerald that the family is a most dangerous place for a child. She eagerly agreed. She should know better.
While it's true that most child abuse takes place in the home, that's only because the overwhelming majority of children live at home. It is as meaningful as saying most traffic accidents happen on the road.
But where are children least likely to be abused, proportionately? The answer is provided by a huge study on child abuse conducted on behalf of the US government, called 'The Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect'. It shows that by far and away the safest place for a child to be is at home with their married, biological parents.