Portable guides to investigating child abuse: An overview

  • McNaughton J
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Abstract

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has developed a series of 11 portable guides to assist police officers, social workers, medical personnel, attorneys, judges and others involved in reporting, investigating, and prosecuting child abuse and neglect. The guides aim to provide practical guidance in a user-friendly format for on-the-job reference. Their development was based on the recommendations of a focus group of nationally recognized leaders in the field of child abuse investigation, who were convened by OJJDP to discuss the best format for addressing the need to facilitate communication between law enforcement and the other professions represented on a multidisciplinary team. Each guide measures 5 by 9 inches, can be stored easily in the glove box of a police cruiser, has 16 to 24 pages, and addresses a specific aspect of investigating a suspected case of child abuse or neglect. Among the 11 topics are recognizing when a child's injury or illness is caused by abuse, photodocumentation in the investigation of child abuse, diagnostic imaging of child abuse, burn injuries in child abuse, law enforcement response to child abuse, and understanding and investigating child sexual exploitation. Summaries of each guide and information for ordering by telephone, mail, or e-mail or obtaining via the OJJDP Web site (NCJRS)

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  • Child
  • Child Abuse
  • Measures
  • crime--child abuse
  • crime--family violence
  • delinquency
  • law enforcement
  • medicine--pediatric
  • prevention
  • web

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  • J McNaughton

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