Written to help frontline practitioners assess and manage cases with children aged 18 months to six years who present allegations of child abuse, this book provides concrete and easily understood information about basic child development, interview procedures, and case management theory. Extensive experience is integrated with the research literature to provide: an overview of child development information as it applies to interviewing young children a protocol for assessment of preverbal children that is grounded in theory and research a format for assessment of children aged three to five a review of the strengths and weaknesses of some current interview formats a technique for structured interviewing

Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse

Protecting our children from sexual abuse

Across the years of clinical practice there are some cases that stand out more than others. The following evaluation referral was one such case for me.

A 2-year-old child was in shelter with her mother. The mother had been badly beaten by her alcoholic husband. Shelter staff noted when the mother diapered her daughter that the child would become upset, repeatedly grab her vulva, and cry, “Daddy hurt butt! Daddy hurt butt!” Advocates at the shelter pushed the mother to report her daughter's behavior to authorities, and the mother did. Police and child protection personnel collaborated on an investigation, but the child's immature speech and language provided little information. When the child was referred for ...

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