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 61: How Do I Assess a Child's Health Status?
How Do I Assess a Child's Health Status?
Health includes physical, emotional, and dental status. Primary health care screens children for potential problems so as to intervene early and prevent problems from occurring. It is thus important to assess whether the child has a pediatric and a dental provider, and whether adequate care has been received (see Chapter 60, this volume). The following are of special interest:
- Are immunizations up to date?
- Were vision and hearing screens OK?
- Were there any concerns regarding development or mental health?
- Were other problems noted (e.g., anemia, lead poisoning, and sickle cell disease)?
The previous information may be available from the child and parent, but contact with the primary health care provider should provide useful information. If ...