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Around 1 in 8 UAE pupils face abuse and violence at school – report

Survey of 4,111 students found 6.5% also face similar issues in the home, with boys most as risk

Around 1 in 8 UAE pupils face abuse and violence at school – report
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The results of a field study conducted by the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC), entitled, 'Abuse against children in the UAE society' has revealed that 123 out of every 1,000 children in school, or around one in every eight, are exposed to abuse or violence.

The report, released by the official state news agency WAM, also found that 65 out of every 1,000 children also face abuse or violence in the home.

The study, conducted on 4,111 students from across the UAE, discovered that male children are the most vulnerable to abuse at home (7.2 percent), compared to females (5.7 percent). Similarly, more male children suffer abuse at school (15.1 percent) than female children (9.3 percent).

Badriah Al Farsi, DFWAC programme and research director said the study will prove to be an important reference for decision-makers in the field of child protection in the UAE, and will also pave the way for the first efforts towards the development of education and fight against violence and child abuse programs.

The study recommended organising workshops for teachers and specialists to identify the indicators of violence and child abuse, to help them intervene in time and help the children. It also urged social workers and school management to raise awareness about the importance of reporting these cases.

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