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NCJ Number: NCJ 214125     Find in a Library
Title: Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse
Author(s): Robert Hugh Farley M.S. ; Robert M. Reece M.D.
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 07/2006
Page Count: 24
  Series: OJJDP Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse
  Annotation: This guide provides practical information to law enforcement personnel that can assist them in determining whether it is likely that a child’s injury or illness is due to abuse.
Abstract: The investigation should begin by asking the caretaker for an explanation of the child’s bruises or injuries. If a discrepancy exists between the reported cause of an injury and the injuries seen, law enforcement personnel should investigate further. Guidance is provided for such an investigation, with attention to a physical examination, laboratory data, a history of the child’s injuries and explanations offered, and the demeanor of the child’s parents/caretakers. Questions that might be asked parents/caretakers are listed. These include solicitation of information about a child’s birth and his/her neonatal and medical history. Guidance is also provided in assisting police in working with physicians in determining the nature of all injuries. Of particular importance are repetitive accidents, cutaneous (skin) injuries, bruises, burns, poisoning, head injuries, eye injuries, internal injuries, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For each of these types of injuries, information is provided on factors that indicate the likelihood of abuse. 3 tables, a checklist for investigators in suspected cases of physical child abuse, and a listing of organizational resources and supplemental reading
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse ; Child abuse detection ; Child abuse investigations ; Police child abuse training ; Physician child abuse neglect role
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Type: Instructional Material ; Technical Assistance
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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