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Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) is a global phenomenon and has many forms. Child neglect is the most common form observed. CAN are serious incidents with medicolegal implications for the caregivers. The recognition of CAN is still in its early stages in the Middle Eastern cultures such as in Oman where parental authority over children is traditionally sacrosanct. This case series presents nine serious incidents from a regional hospital in Oman that appears to fulfil the definition of child neglect. All cases presented were diagnosed by Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team. This paper provides evidence that child neglect exists in Oman and had resulted in death of some children and led to significant physical, psychological and social sequelae in others. It also addresses risk factors and management recommendations. The article also highlights SCAN team experience along with the limitations of the current Child Protection Services (CPS) in Oman.
Keywords: Child Abuse; Child Neglect; Child Protection Services; Case Series; Oman
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