Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment

Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment : A Guide for Nonmedical Professionals

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The latest resource from the American Humane Association, this practical guide answers frequently asked questions about the medical aspects of child abuse and neglect. Designed for the nonmedical professional unfamiliar with medical terminology, the third edition of a classic translates injuries into clear language for child protective services workers working with medical providers. Thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research on child abuse and neglect, this edition covers burns, fractures, poisoning, sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and family violence. Chapters also highlight the tensions between CPS workers and medical providers, the importance of understanding differential diagnoses, and techniques to ensure culturally responsive practice. A wealth of charts, illustrations, checklists, and resources make this an accessible reference for any nonmedical professional working with children and families. Designed as a training tool as well as a thorough reference, a companion website conains additional materials for supervisors and staff, including photographs, protocols, memoranda of understanding, and useful links.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 362.88g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • Tables and numerous line drawings
  • 0195172167
  • 9780195172164

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With medical and mental health specialists hundreds of miles away from some rural communities, this book provides excellent information with access Internet resources that will help child welfare workers and interdisciplinary teams assess and assure child safety and well-being. It's a tool that no child welfare office can be without.--Dana Ward, District Manager, Department of Family Services, Rock Springs, Wyoming"A thorough and clear explanation of maltreatment and medical diagnosis, this book belongs on every child welfare workers desk!" --Kate Trujillo, LCSW, Clinical Director, Denver Family Crisis Center"Ideally, all child protection workers looking into cases of suspected abuse or neglect would have readily available consultation from specialists so they could make rapid, accurate, and appropriate decisions about the safety of children. This manual is a terrific substitute for in-person consultants - it should make the lives of children safer, and the careers of child protection workers longer and more satisfying." --Richard D. Krugman, M.D., Dean, University of Colorado School of Medicine"A useful desk reference for anyone engaged in practice or training practitioners who work with children and family."- Katharine Cahn, Ph.D., MSW, Executive Director, Child Welfare Partnership, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University"This book combines an excellent overview and detailed descriptions of how the medical and social services define child abuse and neglect. Its a child protection worker's dictionary, a supervisors educational tool, and invaluable desk guide. It creates a wonderful staff development opportunity for all levels of staff in the medical and social work disciplines to better understand each other, keep children safe, and strengthen families."--June Cairns, Staff Development Director, Philadelphia Department of Human Services"The companion website is an excellent resourcethe slides in particular are viable for core training of county child welfare workers." - Tammy Snortum, MSSW, Training Manager, NEW Partnership for Children and Families, University of WI - Green Bay..".[The authors] do a good job of illuminating the often frustrating and challenging working relationships between professionals of two fields that have different goals and perhaps view the cases through different philosophical lenses.There is also a plethora of excellent advice for prevention and for community response to maltreatment issues.Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment is a helpful reference guide for the beginning social worker and includes much helpful advice for experienced professionals as well."--Tasha R. Howe, PsycCritiques With medical and mental health specialists hundreds of miles away from some rural communities, this book provides excellent information with access Internet resources that will help child welfare workers and interdisciplinary teams assess and assure child safety and well-being. It's a tool that no child welfare office can be without.--Dana Ward, District Manager, Department of Family Services, Rock Springs, Wyoming"A thorough and clear explanation of maltreatment and medical diagnosis, this book belongs on every child welfare workers desk!" --Kate Trujillo, LCSW, Clinical Director, Denver Family Crisis Center"Ideally, all child protection workers looking into cases of suspected abuse or neglect would have readily available consultation from specialists so they could make rapid, accurate, and appropriate decisions about the safety of children. This manual is a terrific substitute for in-person consultants - it should make the lives of children safer, and the careers of child protection workers longer and more satisfying." --Richard D. Krugman, M.D., Dean, University of Colorado School of Medicine"A useful desk reference for anyone engaged in practice or training practitioners who work with children and family."- Katharine Cahn, Ph.D., MSW, Executive Director, Child Welfare Partnership, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University"This book combines an excellent overview and detailed descriptions of how the medical and social services define child abuse and neglect. Its a child protection worker's dictionary, a supervisors educational tool, and invaluable desk guide. It creates a wonderful staff development opportunity for all levels of staff in the medical and social work disciplines to better understand each other, keep children safe, and strengthen families."--June Cairns, Staff Development Director, Philadelphia Department of Human Services"The companion website is an excellent resourcethe slides in particular are viable for core training of county child welfare workers." - Tammy Snortum, MSSW, Training Manager, NEW Partnership for Children and Families, University of WI - Green Bay..".[The authors] do a good job of illuminating the often frustrating and challenging working relationships between professionals of two fields that have different goals and perhaps view the cases through different philosophical lenses.There is also a plethora of excellent advice for prevention and for community response to maltreatment issues.Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment is a helpful reference guide for the beginning social worker and includes much helpful advice for experienced professionals as well."--Tasha R. Howe, PsycCritiques With medical and mental health specialists hundreds of miles away from some rural communities, this book provides excellent information with access Internet resources that will help child welfare workers and interdisciplinary teams assess and assure child safety and well-being. It's a tool that no child welfare office can be without.--Dana Ward, District Manager, Department of Family Services, Rock Springs, Wyoming "A thorough and clear explanation of maltreatment and medical diagnosis, this book belongs on every child welfare workers desk!" --Kate Trujillo, LCSW, Clinical Director, Denver Family Crisis Center "Ideally, all child protection workers looking into cases of suspected abuse or neglect would have readily available consultation from specialists so they could make rapid, accurate, and appropriate decisions about the safety of children. This manual is a terrific substitute for in-person consultants - it should make the lives of children safer, and the careers of child protection workers longer and more satisfying." --Richard D. Krugman, M.D., Dean, University of Colorado School of Medicine "A useful desk reference for anyone engaged in practice or training practitioners who work with children and family."- Katharine Cahn, Ph.D., MSW, Executive Director, Child Welfare Partnership, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University "This book combines an excellent overview and detailed descriptions of how the medical and social services define child abuse and neglect. Its a child protection worker's dictionary, a supervisors educational tool, and invaluable desk guide. It creates a wonderful staff development opportunity for all levels of staff in themedical and social work disciplines to better understand each other, keep children safe, and strengthen families."--June Cairns, Staff Development Director, Philadelphia Department of Human Services "The companion website is an excellent resourcethe slides in particular are viable for core training of county child welfare workers." - Tammy Snortum, MSSW, Training Manager, NEW Partnership for Children and Families, University of WI - Green Bay .,."[The authors] do a good job of illuminating the often frustrating and challenging working relationships between professionals of two fields that have different goals and perhaps view the cases through different philosophical lenses.There is also a plethora of excellent advice for prevention and for community response to maltreatment issues.Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment is a helpful reference guide for the beginning social worker and includes much helpful advice for experienced professionals as well."--Tasha R. Howe, PsycCritiques With medical and mental health specialists hundreds of miles away from some rural communities, this book provides excellent information with access Internet resources that will help child welfare workers and interdisciplinary teams assess and assure child safety and well-being. It's a tool that no child welfare office can be without.--Dana Ward, District Manager, Department of Family Services, Rock Springs, Wyoming "A thorough and clear explanation of maltreatment and medical diagnosis, this book belongs on every child welfare workers desk!" --Kate Trujillo, LCSW, Clinical Director, Denver Family Crisis Center "Ideally, all child protection workers looking into cases of suspected abuse or neglect would have readily available consultation from specialists so they could make rapid, accurate, and appropriate decisions about the safety of children. This manual is a terrific substitute for in-person consultants - it should make the lives of children safer, and the careers of child protection workers longer and more satisfying." --Richard D. Krugman, M.D., Dean, University of Colorado School of Medicine "A useful desk reference for anyone engaged in practice or training practitioners who work with children and family."- Katharine Cahn, Ph.D., MSW, Executive Director, Child Welfare Partnership, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University "This book combines an excellent overview and detailed descriptions of how the medical and social services define child abuse and neglect. Its a child protection worker's dictionary, a supervisors educational tool, and invaluable desk guide. It creates a wonderful staff developmentopportunity for all levels of staff in the medical and social work disciplines to better understand each other, keep children safe, and strengthen families."--June Cairns, Staff Development Director, Philadelphia Department of Human Services "The companion website is an excellent resourcethe slides in particular are viable for core training of county child welfare workers." - Tammy Snortum, MSSW, Training Manager, NEW Partnership for Children and Families, University of WI - Green Bay , .."[The authors] do a good job of illuminating the often frustrating and challenging working relationships between professionals of two fields that have different goals and perhaps view the cases through different philosophical lenses.There is also a plethora of excellent advice for prevention and for community response to maltreatment issues.Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment is a helpful reference guide for the beginning social worker and includes much helpful advice for experienced professionals as well."--Tasha R. Howe, PsycCritiques With medical and mental health specialists hundreds of miles away from some rural communities, this book provides excellent information with access Internet resources that will help child welfare workers and interdisciplinary teams assess and assure child safety and well-being. It's a tool that nochild welfare office can be without.--Dana Ward, District Manager, Department of Family Services, Rock Springs, Wyoming"A thorough and clear explanation of maltreatment and medical diagnosis, this book belongs on every child welfare workers desk!" --Kate Trujillo, LCSW, Clinical Director, Denver Family Crisis Center"Ideally, all child protection workers looking into cases of suspected abuse or neglect would have readily available consultation from specialists so they could make rapid, accurate, and appropriate decisions about the safety of children. This manual is a terrific substitute for in-personconsultants - it should make the lives of children safer, and the careers of child protection workers longer and more satisfying." --Richard D. Krugman, M.D., Dean, University of Colorado School of Medicine"A useful desk reference for anyone engaged in practice or training practitioners who work with children and family."- Katharine Cahn, Ph.D., MSW, Executive Director, Child Welfare Partnership, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University"This book combines an excellent overview and detailed descriptions of how the medical and social services define child abuse and neglect. Its a child protection worker's dictionary, a supervisors educational tool, and invaluable desk guide. It creates a wonderful staff development opportunity forall levels of staff inthe medical and social work disciplines to better understand each other, keep children safe, and strengthen families."--June Cairns, Staff Development Director, Philadelphia Department of Human Services"The companion website is an excellent resourcethe slides in particular are viable for core training of county child welfare workers." - Tammy Snortum, MSSW, Training Manager, NEW Partnership for Children and Families, University of WI - Green Bay.,."[The authors] do a good job of illuminating the often frustrating and challenging working relationships between professionals of two fields that have different goals and perhaps view the cases through different philosophical lenses.There is also a plethora of excellent advice for prevention andfor community response to maltreatment issues.Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment is a helpful reference guide for the beginning social worker and includes much helpful advice for experienced professionals as well."--Tasha R. Howe, PsycCritiquesshow more

About Charmaine Brittain

Charmaine R. Brittain, MSW, Ph.D., is Program and Research Manager at the Institute for Families, University of Denver. Dr. Brittain is an expert on child protective services, having been involved in CPS systems as a practitioner and as a consultant helping child welfare organizations improve their child protection systems through better training and program analysis. She is the co-editor of Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook (Oxford, 2004).show more

Table of contents

1. Defining Child Abuse and Neglect ; 2. Working with Medical Providers ; 3. Cutaneous Manifestations of Abuse ; 4. Abuse by Burns ; 5. Abusive Fractures ; 6. Injuries to the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Mouth ; 7. Abdominal and Thoracic Injuries ; 8. Child Abuse by Poisoning ; 9. Pediatric Condition Falsification ; 10. Child Sexual Abuse ; 11. Neglect ; 12. Emotional Maltreatment ; 13. Substance Abuse and Child Maltreatment ; 14. Violence in the Home ; 15. Child Abuse Fatalities ; Appendix A: Well-Child Care and Immunizations ; Appendix B: Developmental Milestones of Infants and Childrenshow more