• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This expanded and updated Second Edition of Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect Practice offers a state-of-the-art exploration of what role the law can play in bettering the lives of victimized children. While all who work with abused children share the same goals, there often exists a gap in communication between legal and helping professionals that reduces efficacy of cooperative efforts. This new edition continues to provide vital information to non-lawyers on how the legal system in the United States works in child abuse cases.

The Child Protection System
The child protection system

Professionals from social work, psychology, medicine, nursing, education, and related disciplines carry the lion's share of responsibility for responding to child abuse and neglect. The law plays an important secondary role. The purpose of this chapter is to describe the system of child protection used in the United States, with particular emphasis on law. Increased understanding of the law helps professionals interact more effectively with the legal system and lowers the communication barriers that sometimes separate judges, lawyers, and law enforcement officers from members of the helping professions. In light of the shared goals of all professionals working to protect children, increased communication is essential.

This chapter is divided into seven sections. The first section offers a brief history ...

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