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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.

Investigative Interviewing regarding Child Maltreatment
Investigative interviewing regarding child maltreatment

Investigating suspected child abuse and neglect is a difficult responsibility requiring skill and patience. In sexual abuse cases, the child is usually the only eyewitness. Medical and corroborating evidence are often unavailable, and the child's credibility takes center stage, raising complex questions about memory, suggestibility, and, in particular, the ways that children are interviewed (McGough, 1994). In physical abuse cases, the investigation usually focuses on medical evidence of abuse and identifying the perpetrator. Interviewing and the child's credibility play a less central role in physical abuse and neglect cases.

Interviewing children about possible maltreatment is an extremely important and challenging task (Morgan, 1995; Perry & Wrightsman, 1991). This chapter emphasizes investigative interviews designed to determine whether abuse ...

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