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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.
Chapter 3: Child abuse Reporting Laws
Child abuse Reporting Laws
The modern era of child protection began in 1962, the year that pediatrician C. Henry Kempe et al. published their landmark article describing the battered-child syndrome. Kempe et al.'s article focused national attention on the plight of physically abused children. Also in 1962, the federal government sponsored an important conference on child abuse. The conferees recommended laws requiring physicians to report suspected physical abuse to authorities. By 1965, the American Medical Association (1965), the American Humane Association (1963), the Council of State Governments (see Meriwhether, 1986), and the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (Children's Bureau, 1963) had all published model child abuse reporting laws.
Beginning in California in 1963, state legislatures enacted reporting ...