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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

When Abuse is Not Proven: Managing High-Risk Cases
When abuse is not proven: Managing high-risk cases

The law makes a black-and-white decision when someone has been accused of sexually abusing a young child. That person is either found guilty or not guilty. Many of the allegations of sexual abuse toward those in a preschool population, however, are classified as “don't know” or “not determined.” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect [NCCAN], 1996, Thoennes & Tjaden, 1990). These cases contain varying degrees of gray, some showing minimal risk factors for future abuse and others having multiple indicators of a strong probability for new abuse. Concerns rise sharply when the rules of the justice system cannot prove that abuse ...

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