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Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

SKU# 9780826110985

A Practical Guide for Social Workers

Author: Kenneth Lau LCSW, Kathryn Krase JD, LCSW, Richard H. Morse LMSW


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[A] concise and detailed description of a very complex issue...rich in detail and insight."
--Leslie J. Temme, LCSW
School of Social Work, Adelphi University

[A] 'must have' resource for practicing professionals and an invaluable teaching tool for social work students....This is precisely the book that mandated reporters seek to assist in the reporting process and understanding their legal obligations."
--Keva M. Miller, PhD, LCSW
School of Social Work, Portland State University

In all states, social workers are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect, and face serious penalties if they fail to do so. But not all cases of abuse are obvious. Mandated reporters are thus confronted with a host of both legal and ethical quandaries when filing a report:

  • What are the responsibilities of mandated reporters?
  • What are appropriate grounds for reporting abuse?
  • How and when should a report be made?
  • Does reporting suspected abuse violate client confidentiality?
  • What if my employer encourages me not to report my suspicions?

Addressing these questions and more, this book provides clear definitions of different types of child abuse, including physical, sexual, and emotional, and delineates guidelines on how to identify risk factors and signs of child maltreatment.

The authors also clarify difficult ethical issues, including client confidentiality and privileged communication, and present numerous case studies and theoretical vignettes culled from their own experiences as social workers. This guide will be the one resource mandated reporters and social work students cannot do without."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 02, 2008
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826110985
  • EISBN 9780826117823

Table of Contents 

1 Introduction to Mandated Reporting
2 The Social Worker as Mandated Reporter
3 Defining Child Abuse and Neglect
4 Risk Factors: The Potential for Child Abuse and Neglect
5 Signs of Abuse and Neglect
6 When Is a Report Required?
7 How To Make a Report
8 After the Report: What Happens Next?
9 Legal and Ethical Decisions in Mandating Report
10 Legal Protections and Consequences for Mandated Reporters
11 The Role of Law Enforcement in the Protection of Children
Appendix A Summary of State Laws and Resources
Appendix B List of Relevant Internet Resources
Appendix C Glossary