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NCJ Number: 114428 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse Reporting Legislation in the 1980s
Author(s): J E B Myers; W D Peters
Corporate Author: American Humane Assoc
American Assoc for Protecting Children
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 230
Sponsoring Agency: American Humane Assoc
Denver, CO 80231
Sale Source: American Humane Assoc
American Assoc for Protecting Children
9725 East Hampden Avenue
Denver, CO 80231
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook provides an overview and State-by-State analysis of child abuse reporting legislation in the 1980's.
Abstract: A variety of innovative statutory provisions dealing with aspects of reporting are examined, including those dealing with presumption of good faith, civil and criminal penalties for false reporting, reporter confidentiality, civil liability for interfering with or failing to report, diversion for treatment, public education about reporting, and retaliation. Others relate to reporting by film processers, interviews of children without parental consent, cultural and ethnic differences, prevention of psychological harm during investigation, and time limits for resolving reports. Other initiatives provide immunity for participants in judicial proceedings and for physicians, police, and others who in good faith take a child into protective custody. The State-by-State analysis provides information on the relevant statute, who reports and to whom, triggers for reporting, contents of reports, definitions of abuse, interagency reporting, investigation, protective custody, penalties for failure to report, immunity, and privileges abrogated. Finally, a discussion is presented by civil and criminal liability and related issues that may arise from failure to report, reporting when no report is warranted, failure to take emergency protective action, and failure to provide training in the recognition of maltreatment and the duty to report.
Main Term(s): Child abuse reporting statutes
Index Term(s): Child abuse situation remedies; Legal liability; State laws; State-by-state analyses; Victim-witness legislation; Witness immunity
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