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NCJ Number: 72543 Find in a Library
Title: Unexplained Injury
Corporate Author: University of Toronto
Faculty of Medicine Instructional Media Services
Project Director: J Dymond; R Gilder
Date Published: 1979
Sponsoring Agency: Lawren Productions, Inc
Mendocino, CA 95460
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R8, Canada
Sale Source: Lawren Productions, Inc
P.O. Box 666
Mendocino, CA 95460
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using actual professionals, this Canadian film shows how cooperation between school, police, hospital, and the Children's Aid Society can determine a favorable outcome in a case of child abuse.
Abstract: The core drama, shown in this film and intended for use with each of six additional specialized films, begins with the 5-year-old child suffering an asthmatic episode at night as he often does. His mother gets up, loses her temper, and lashes out. No one hears. The film then details a series of critical incidents defined as the point in a child abuse case when the professional may have a decisive influence on the case outcome. These include a teacher's telephone call to the public health nurse about the abused child Kenny's asthma; a visit by the public health nurse to Kenny's home where she persuades Kenny's mother to take him to the hospital; and a confrontation between Kenny's parents and a doctor who lets them know he must involve the Children's Aid worker, finding parental admission of difficulty with Kenny, places him in temporary care and persuades the parents to seek help with their problems. The film also defines child abuse, discusses the legal requirement to report child abuse, and suggests some possible reasons for child abuse including parental experience of abuse in childhood. In addition, the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation in determining a successful outcome to child abuse cases is emphasized.
Index Term(s): Canada; Child abuse detection; Child abuse reporting; Child protection services; Films
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