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Child Abuse: Awareness and Reporting Melody Kinney, LCSW Director, Medical Social Services Good Samaritan Hospital
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Reporting suspected abuse is difficult. There are always doubts about how people will react, and what the outcome will be. The best way to minimize the difficulty is to be as fully prepared as possible for the experience, and to feel as comfortable as possible with the process that is triggered by a report.
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Health practitioners who are mandated to report are often able to use their reporting responsibility in the best interest of the patient/family. People who abuse are often out of control, or their internal controls are ineffectual. Reporting can help them understand that the behavior is unacceptable and must stop.
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What is Child Abuse? A physical injury which is inflicted by other than accidental means Sexual abuse of a child < age 14 Willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment Corporal punishment or injury Neglect of a child by a person responsible for the child’s welfare
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Physical Injury Bruises that cannot be explained Fractures/head injuries Internal injuries: renal, pancreatic, subdural hematomas, spleen liver or intestinal perfs Dislocated lens/detached retinas Burns Perinatal substance abuse/positive tox
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