Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse: Ethics, Law, and Policy, Second Edition
Child maltreatment is one of the greatest social maladies of our time, and current statistics, although staggering, may reflect only the surface of the problem. Human service professionals—including psychologists, social workers, teachers, and psychiatrists—are required by law to report known or suspected child maltreatment in the United States. This eminently practical and readable book is directed towards these individuals.
The second edition of this popular book offers expanded guidelines and recommendations. Data on the implications of reporting or not reporting are given life in an expanded "case book within a book" that summarizes lessons learned and shows how problems posed by the law can be avoided. New sections also review issues in the mandatory reporting of abuse on other vulnerable populations, such as individuals who are elderly and developmentally disabled. In addition, a new chapter on therapeutic jurisprudence explores the therapeutic potential of mandatory reporting laws.
By its very design, Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse, Second Edition, weaves new legal developments and empirical findings into highly practical guidance for practitioners, educators, and court officers.
The book also features four valuable appendixes, including a glossary of child abuse and neglect terms, a directory of information resources, a directory of national and state child protection hotlines, and a discussion of methodological issues in mandatory reporting research.