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NCJ Number: 136098 Find in a Library
Title: Flexible Reporting Options for Skilled Child Abuse Professionals
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:15  Dated:(1991)  Pages:335-337
Author(s): D Finkelhor; G L Zellman
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This commentary proposes flexible options for reporting child abuse as a way to improve compliance with and reduce burdens of the child protective system.
Abstract: Research studies show as many as 40 percent of professionals violate mandatory reporting laws. In a national study categorizing reporting practices, those that reported on a sporadic basis were termed "discretionary reporters." Since these well-trained professionals who serve the middle class might benefit from a flexible option system, the monitoring of middle-class abuse may improve. Potential benefits of a new system include a decrease in investigating cases which are already being supervised by child abuse professionals. Energies could be directed to investigations where no professional was involved. To improve practices, formal guidelines and a monitoring system should be established so that child abuse professionals are not operating in a covert manner. With a more flexible system that acknowledges the expertise of professionals, the tense relationship between the law and child abuse professionals could be replaced by cooperation. Under a new system, professionals who never report would be forced into compliance. 7 references
Main Term(s): Child abuse reporting; Mandatory crime reporting
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Child abuse prevention
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