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 contains additional materials for supervisors and staff, including photographs, protocols, memoranda of understanding, and useful links.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 30 line illustrations
  • 0195172175
  • 9780195172171

Table of contents

1. Definitions of Child Maltreatment; 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. Child Maltreatment and Substance Abuse; 14. Violence in the Home; 15. Fatalities; Appendix A: Well Child Care and Immunizations; Appendix B: Developmental Milestones in Infants and Childrenshow 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

Review quote

"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 child protection worker's dictionary, a supervisor's 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, MSW, LSW, Director of Training and Staff Development, Philadelphia Department of Human Services"A thorough and clear explanation of maltreatment and medical diagnosis, this book belongs on every child welfare worker's desk!"--Kate Trujillo, LCSW, Clinical Director, Denver Family Crisis Center"A useful reference guide that communicates up-to-date research findings and medical understanding of child abuse and neglect in a concise and straightforward manner easily understandable to professionals with no medical training."--Dee Wilson, MSW, Director, Northwest Institute for Children and Families, University of Washington School of Social Work"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"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, Wyomingshow more