CHILD ABUSIVE ACTS: THE NEED FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF CHILD WELFARE IN
NIGERIA
Oriji, Christian Chigozi
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Port Harcourt, P.M.B. 5323, Port Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State, Nigeria
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ABSTRACT
The study x-rayed child abusive acts and the need for the improvement of child welfare in Nigeria.
In doing this, it first and foremost answered the question: What is child abuse? Beyond the
relevant answers given on the above question, it also explained types of child abuse, incidents of
child abuse, Child’s Rights Act (CRA), child welfare and its situation in Nigeria. In addition, it
delineated the need for the improvement of child welfare in Nigeria. In line with the foregoing, it
therefore, recommended among others that the National Legislative Assembly amends all the
clauses of 2003 CRA by stipulating more stringent penalties for those who violate them, in order to

reduce, if not eliminate physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional maltreatment and physical neglect
from engulfing the Nigerian children.
Keywords: Child abusive acts, need, improvement, child welfare, Nigeria

INTRODUCTION
Nigerian children have faced a lot of abusive acts such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional
maltreatment and physical neglect, of which are symptoms of poverty of the mind and economic
challenges in the country. As the children are forced into the ‘arena of abuses’ they become
vulnerable to negative elements in the Nigerian society.
Based on the foregoing premise, the Federal Government of Nigeria signed the 2003 CRA
to cater for the welfare of children, alongside reduce, if not eliminate, abuses meted on them.
However, these efforts did not make much impact in Nigeria; hence the ‘volcanic rise’ in child
abuse, trafficking and terrorism. In congruence with these facts, ​
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(RCMP)
(2015) explains that an abusive environment is certainly no way for a child to grow up.
With regard to these prevailing circumstances, this study was carried out to explain ​
child abusive
acts and the need for the improvement of child welfare in Nigeria​

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