• 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.

Balancing the Need for Confidentiality and the Requirements of Disclosure
Balancing the need for confidentiality and the requirements of disclosure

This chapter discusses the broad ethical duty of professionals to protect confidential information about clients. In addition, the chapter addresses the narrower issue of privileged communications between clients and certain professionals, discusses informed consent, and analyzes circumstances in which confidentiality is limited.

Abused and neglected children and their families interact with many professionals. In one case, for example, 7-year-old Melanie disclosed to her teacher that she was being sexually abused by her father. The teacher reported to child protective services. A social worker interviewed Melanie. Next, Melanie visited a hospital for an examination and another set of questions. Melanie began seeing a therapist. So did her father. ...

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