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NCJ Number: 149826 Find in a Library
Title: Legal Perspectives on Family Violence Against Children (From Family Violence: Prevention and Treatment, P 179-197, 1993, Robert L. Hampton, Thomas P. Gullotta, et al., eds. - See NCJ-149818)
Author(s): T J Stein
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter introduces the legal framework for State intervention to protect children from harm as well as issues pertaining to court intervention on behalf of abused or neglected children.
Abstract: The elements of reporting laws differ between States, but basically, they define mandated reporters as all professionals who come into contact with children and have knowledge of or reasonable cause to believe a child is being neglected or physically or sexually abused. Child abuse reporting laws are generally broad and provide a great deal of latitude to State agents to accept and investigate reports. Federal and State laws pursue two approaches to protecting children at risk of abuse or neglect and those who have actually been maltreated; these include measures taken to serve children in their own homes and placement in out-of-home, or foster, care. Issues pertaining to court intervention include standard of proof, evidence, juvenile court jurisdiction, representation for children in juvenile court proceedings, and child testimony. 6 notes and 62 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse reporting statutes; Child placement services; Child protection services; Child Sexual Abuse; Domestic assault; Juvenile court jurisdiction
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