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.
Chapter 32: How Do I Interpret Medical Tests for Physical Abuse?
How Do I Interpret Medical Tests for Physical Abuse?
The purposes of ordering medical tests in the evaluation of suspected physical abuse are to determine
- The cause of the child's injury or problem: Is the injury due to an abusive or unintentional (accidental) event, or is there a medical explanation for the child's problem?
- The location and severity of the injury and whether other parts of the body are involved: This information can help the clinicians decide on the appropriate therapy, such as casting of a fracture or drainage of a subdural hematoma (bleeding around the brain), and on the child's prognosis.
- The age of the injuries, which can help in deciding whether abuse has occurred.