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The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.

What Medical Evaluation is Needed When Physical Abuse is Suspected?
What medical evaluation is needed when physical abuse is suspected?

The following are needed when physical abuse is suspected:

  • History of the current incident: The crux of the medical diagnosis of physical abuse is to determine whether the injury is reasonably explained by a mechanism other than inflicted trauma. This means interviewing the child (separately if possible), the parents, and others who may have witnessed the incident. Before discussing the details of the alleged abuse, it is useful to develop a basic understanding of the family, caregiving arrangements, family relationships (e.g., how people get along), views of the child, and approaches to discipline. Regarding the suspected abuse, what happened, who was present, the precipitating events, when and ...
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