Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition updates its comprehensive coverage of child sexual abuse definitions and indicators, interview and questioning techniques, and diagnosis guidelines to include an insightful response to the building social backlash against the so-called "child abuse industry." Distinguished scholar and experienced practitioner Kathleen Coulborn Faller applies twenty-five years of clinical experience and state-of-the-art research to offer authoritative guidance to both novice and experience practitioners.

Working with Protective Services and the Police

Working with protective services and the police

Child sexual abuse is both a threat to child safety and well-being and a crime. Two separate social institutions are charged with investigating and handling these acts: Child Protective Services (CPS) and the police.

Moreover, beginning in the mid-1980s, virtually every state passed legislation resulting in collaboration between protective services and the police on child sexual abuse cases (National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, 1997, Vol. 5). Thus, the roles of CPS and the police are more interrelated than they were when the first edition of this book was published, and some would argue that their alliance is an uneasy one (Pence & Wilson, 1994). A consequence of these legislative changes ...

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