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NCJ Number: 62936 Find in a Library
Title: ABUSED CHILDREN - THE INFORMATION DIMENSION
Author(s): L G BECKER
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SPECIAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HANDLING OF INFORMATION RELATIVE TO CHILD ABUSE ARE DISCUSSED; STATUTORY AND ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS AND PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES ARE HIGHLIGHTED.
Abstract: IN THE PAST DECADE THE ENACTMENT OF FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATION, SUCH AS THE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT AND STATUTORY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM MALTREATMENT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEM. PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAMS HAVE ALSO PROMPTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF VALUABLE INFORMATION RESOURCES. STILL, APPROPRIATE DATA HANDLING AND SAFEGUARDING OF INFORMATION TO PROTECT THE VICTIM AND OTHERS FROM UNWARRANTED ABUSE IS A CONTINUING GOAL. QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED REGARDING THE APPROPRIATENESS OF SOME DATA COLLECTIONS, SPECIFICALLY IN INSTANCES WHERE THE REPORTS ARE NOT VALIDATED. THE QUESTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHT OF ACCESS TO, AND CHALLENGE OF, THE INFORMATION IS ALSO EVIDENT. PROTECTING THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PART OF A CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT INVESTIGATION REMAINS A CRITICAL PROBLEM. LEGAL SAFEGUARDS OF RECORDS CONFIDENTIALITY, THE RIGHT TO INSPECT AND CHALLENGE RECORD CONTENTS, AND CONTROLS OVER DISSEMINATION AND DISCLOSURE OF RECORDS MUST BE CLEARLY DEFINED. NEW SECURITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY SAFEGUARDS MAY BE REQUIRED TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS THAT MAY REQUIRE FURTHER ATTENTION INCLUDE ASSESSMENT OF FEDERAL INTERVENTION INTO CHILD ABUSE AND RELATED MATTERS, APPROPRIATE CONTROLS ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS, PROVISION FOR STANDARDS ON SEALING AND PURGING RECORDS, AND EVALUATION OF THE TOTAL CHILD ABUSE INTERVENTION PROCESS. FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED. (LWM)
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act; Child abuse reporting statutes; Confidential records access; Data collections; Expungement or sealing of records; Information dissemination; Information Systems and Technology; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Laws and Statutes; Legal privacy protection; Right of privacy
Note: A PAPER PREPARED FOR PRESENTATION AT THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON THE PENAL PROTECTION OF THE CHILD AT THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HIGHER STUDIES IN CRIMINAL SCIENCES, SEPTEMBER 25-30, 1979, SYRACUSE, ITALY
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