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Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/previous-practice-centre/policy/assessment-and-decision-making/key-information/cumulative-harm/
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Cumulative harm

Updated: 23 September 2013

What's Important To Us

Children and young people exposed to repeated events of harm or neglect experience a profound and indelible diminution of their sense of safety, stability and wellbeing. As well as responding to the unique features of each event it is important that we recognise and assess the impact of cumulative harm on the child or young person in our response.

This key information discusses cumulative harm including its impact on children and young people, its relationship with neglect and family violence, and practice implications for social workers.

The material has been drawn from the publication 'Cumulative Harm: A Conceptual Overview' by Robyn Miller (2008).