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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.

How Do I Evaluate Suspected Sexual Abuse in the Adolescent Female?
How do I evaluate suspected sexual abuse in the adolescent female?
Joyce A.Adams

Young girls who have started their menstrual periods are considered to be adolescents, even if they are younger than age 13. In addition to needing an examination to search for signs of injury, evidence of sperm or semen, and signs of sexually transmitted disease, adolescent girls suspected of having been sexually abused must also be screened for pregnancy.

When a girl has gone through puberty, her genital tissues change. The hymen becomes thicker and much more elastic, with folds and flaps of tissue that allow the hymen to be stretched out without tearing. It is common for an adolescent girl who has had sexual ...

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