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 37: How Do I Determine If a Child Has Been Sexually Abused?
How Do I Determine If a Child Has Been Sexually Abused?
A suspicion of child sexual abuse usually arises in one of the following ways, and the approach to investigation may be slightly different in each case:
- A child has made a statement that he or she has experienced some type of sexual contact with an adult or another child.
- A parent or another caregiver has either observed certain behaviors that raise the suspicion of abuse or has noticed physical findings, such as redness of the genital or anal area, complaints of pain, or blood or discharge on the child's underclothes.
- A health care provider has discovered evidence of an infection that may have ...