Optimus Study China
Child abuse is a serious public health problem that is receiving increased public attention in China. However, in order to effectively address child abuse, more research needs to be conducted on the nature and prevalence of child abuse in China. There is a growing body of research on child welfare and child protection issues that highlights the need for strengthening the system in order to effectively support children who have been affected by maltreatment and to prevent violence against children from occurring.
As with all of the country studies being conducted within the context of the Optimus Study, the research and mobilization takes places in three phases:
Phase 1: Student and agency survey (2008 – 2012)
The goal of this phase was to gain greater insight into the scope and consequences of child abuse in China. For this matter, epidemiological data (population survey) were collected in Shanghai, Wuhan, Xian, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. It is the most comprehensive survey conducted to date around this topic in China. A research team at the University of Hong Kong conducted the population survey in schools and households and interviewed 18,000 students, 9,000 parents and 3,300 adolescents about their experiences with sexual victimization.Key results are available here or in the publications listed below.
Full Report Optimus Study China (2013)
Brochure Optimus Study China (2013)
Phase 2: Expert dialogue and implementation (2013- 2015)
The Optimus Study China showed that sexual abuse and violence against children is a significant problem in China. In this second phase, coalitions of policy makers, key scholars, NGOs, and GONGOs (government-organized NGOs) are brought together to jointly address the issue and move the field forward.