Understanding the Medical Diagnosis of Child Maltreatment: A Guide for Nonmedical Professionals / Edition 3

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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 working relationship 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 and can be used as a training tool and resource. The companion website contains additional materials for supervisors and staff, including photographs, protocols, relevant articles, memoranda of understanding, and useful links.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195172164
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2005
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

1 Defining child abuse and neglect 3
2 Working with medical providers 11
3 Cutaneous manifestations of abuse 23
4 Abuse by burns 37
5 Abusive fractures 49
6 Injuries to the head, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth 61
7 Abdominal and thoracic injuries 79
8 Child abuse by poisoning 91
9 Pediatric condition falsification 97
10 Child sexual abuse 105
11 Neglect 149
12 Emotional maltreatment 171
13 Substance abuse and child maltreatment 179
14 Violence in the home 191
15 Child abuse fatalities 207
App. A Well-child care and immunizations 215
App. B Developmental stages of infants and children 221
Glossary 237
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