Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter 4E

Written for a multidisciplinary audience, the latest edition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter assists professionals in fulfilling their legal and ethical responsibilities to report suspected child maltreatment.

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Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter
Fourth Edition

The fourth edition of Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter has been updated to include the contemporary best practices in the evaluation of maltreatment. Mandated reporters are required by law and professional codes of conduct to report suspected abuse, and they need current and practical information to identify its signs and symptoms.

Written by experts on the front lines of child protection, Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter, Fourth Edition details the most effective methods for interviews, examinations, documentation, and appropriate referrals in cases of child maltreatment. This multidisciplinary work also covers a variety of topics essential to the recognition and prevention of abuse, including risks to children in the digital age and benefits of therapy. In addition to being an essential guide for those already in the field, this publication can serve as a textbook for students studying medicine, nursing, social work, and law enforcement who plan to work with children in their future practice.

Features & Benefits:

  • Ideal for multidisciplinary use
  • Up-to-date guidelines on reporting
  • Written by child protection experts
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 10×7 inches
434 pages, 70 images, 35 contributors


Pediatricians, Pediatric Nurses, Pediatric Mental Health Professionals, Child Abuse Prevention Specialists, Violence Prevention Specialists, Public Health Specialists, Epidemiologists, Social Workers, Child Protection Professionals, Victim Advocates, Child Advocates, Child Advocacy Center Personnel, Health Education Specialists, Community Organizers, Community Outreach Specialists, Public Policy Advocates, College and Medical Library Administrators

Publication date:

January 2015


978-1-878060-53-2 (Print)
978-1-936590-36-0 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. Physical Abuse
2. Sexual Abuse
3. Child Neglect and Abandonment
4. Psychological Abuse
5. Medical Child Abuse
6. Special Health Care Needs
7. New Media and the Risk for Child Maltreatment
8. The Connection between Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse
9. Understanding Short-term and Long-term Effects on Child Abuse
10. Creative Arts Therapies
11. The Role of the Schools in Child Abuse
12. After the Call: Community and In-Home Services or Out-of-Home Placement
13. The Role of Law Enforcement in the Investigation of Child Maltreatment
14. Child Maltreatment and Social Work Responsibilities in the Health Care Setting
15. Child Advocacy Centers
16. Legal Issues
17. Prevention Efforts

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD

Angelo Giardino is the medical director of Texas Children’s Health Plan, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and an attending physician for the Texas Children’s Hospital’s forensic pediatrics service at the Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas. Angelo Giardino completed his residency and fellowship training in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Immediately after his fellowship training, Angelo Giardino became the assistant, and then the associate, medical director at Health Partners of Philadelphia, where he had primary responsibility for utilization management, intensive case management, and health care data analysis. He also shared responsibility for the plan’s quality improvement program. Additionally, he began the Child Abuse and Neglect Team for Children with Special Health Care Needs, which was funded by a three-year grant from a local philanthropy. In 1998, he was appointed associate chair of clinical operations in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and in June of 1999 he was asked to chair the CHOP Quality Committee. These accomplishments are only a few of his career.

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Linda Shaw, MD, MSSW

Linda Shaw is a Child Abuse Pediatrician, currently in the Division of Child Protection as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, based at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. After completing a Masters of Science of Social Work at Columbia University School of Social Work, she worked as a medical social worker at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. She subsequently attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed a pediatric residency at the University of Washington in the Seattle Children’s Medical Center. Her career in child maltreatment began in 1987 in the Center for Child Abuse Prevention at the Children’s Health Center of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Shaw spent 20 years in New Jersey as a clinician/educator where she directed one of the four regional diagnostic and treatment centers on child abuse and neglect. Her clinical work included outpatient and inpatient consultations around abused children as well as comprehensive evaluations of foster children. She taught legal, child protection, medical, and educational professionals, as well as foster parents about child maltreatment. She chaired one of New Jersey’s Regional Community Based Child Fatalities and Near Fatalities Review Teams, participated in Multidisciplinary Teams on Child Abuse and Neglect and was a trainer for the American Academy of Pediatrics-New Jersey chapter’s PCORE EPIC CAN, a program educating community physicians and their office staff on child abuse and neglect. Faced with a lack of educational materials available for physicians on preventing child sexual abuse, she developed a series of handouts to be used at health maintenance visits, in English and Spanish, entitled, “What Every Parent Should Know about Child Sexual Abuse.” Dr. Shaw is perhaps most proud to be the mother of three successful and happy children and 6 grandchildren.

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Patricia Speck is an internationally recognized family nurse practitioner who specializes in public health and forensic nursing. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing and later completed her doctoral dissertation on sexual assault program evaluation. As a board certified family nurse practitioner, Patricia’s clinical practice focuses on the health aftermath of violence and her research centers on forensic nursing practice topics. She is a consultant, author, and lecturer on forensic nursing and has earned more than 20 local, national, and international awards and professional honors for her work. Patricia chairs the American Public Health Association’s Family Violence Forum and is a former president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

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Eileen R. Giardino, PhD, RN, CRNP

Eileen Giardino is a nurse practitioner and an associate professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is the track director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program, teaches both graduate and undergraduate students at the university, and works as a nurse practitioner in Student Health. She has published in the area of child and adult sexual abuse and currently lectures on the evaluation of intimate partner violence and suspected child abuse to nursing and nurse practitioner students. Dr. Giardino received her BSN and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, her MSN at Widener University, and Nurse Practitioner Certification in Adult and Family at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she also received SANE training.

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An accurate response to child abuse starts with an adequate recognition of signals. Knowledge is a crucial link. Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter gives a complete overview of the different appearances of child abuse based upon a comprehensive description of several topics, including etiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, interventions and prevention strategies. At the same time this textbook shows us the dilemmas and thresholds caregivers encounter in the evaluation of these complex cases. Therefore, this book is an excellent resource for the mandated reporter responsible for making critical judgments. It’s a hands-on support in deciding whether or not to report in order to decrease ongoing and escalating episodes of abuse as well as false accusations.

Kaat M.K. Peerenboom, MD
Consultant in Forensic Pediatrics
Antwerp, Belgium

Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter is a “must have” item for the library or bookshelf of every mandated reporter. With the consequences of failure to report suspected child abuse highlighted by the media, we are all much more aware that failure to act is, in itself, a rising concern among professionals and the public. This book, with chapters covering all aspects of abuse and neglect, will guide mandated reporters through the identification, reporting, and investigative phases of the protective service process. This added information will reduce the anxiety felt by many professionals when the time comes to make the call to report suspected abuse or neglect and serve to support them as they work with investigative and social service staff to ensure that children are protected from harm. I applaud the authors for their thoroughness and their ability to address the complexities involved in reporting abuse and neglect.

Anne Shenberger, MSS, LSW
Executive Director
CASA Youth Advocates
Media, Pennsylvania

The new 4th edition of Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter is an important contribution to the field of child abuse and neglect that is very different from the many other texts written for this discipline. It provides guidance and tools for professionals of all disciplines mandated to report rather than focusing on a single discipline. This interprofessional textbook on identifying and intervening in cases of suspected child abuse and neglect provides a holistic approach that helps us understand our responsibilities and importance of working as an interprofessional team. As a family physician, we often treat both the perpetrator and the victim, putting us in an awkward position. Having the tools to address the issue and report cases of suspected abuse or neglect is crucial in caring for these children, preventing the sequelae of abuse, and even better, intervening before the abuse happens based on identifying a high-risk situation.

F. David Schneider, MD, MSPH
Past President, Academy on Violence and Abuse
Professor and Chairman of Family and Community Medicine
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

This book offers common ground information to all individuals that associate with children and may one day find themselves in the position of suspecting abuse. Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter, Fourth Edition, begins with chapters that address the different recognized types of child maltreatment including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect and abandonment. Issues specific to medical child abuse and the especially vulnerable population of children with special healthcare needs are addressed in other chapters. A particularly important chapter on the juncture of intimate partner violence and child maltreatment is given much needed attention. Another chapter discusses the use of current popular cultural media and the associated risks to children. Law enforcement, social service, and legal and advocacy responses are addressed in individual chapters as well. The effects of child maltreatment on the lives of these children will illustrate the importance of the final chapter which concentrates on prevention efforts. The chapters together should give the reader good insight into the recognition and reporting of child maltreatment.

Kathy Bell, MS, RN
Forensic Nursing Administrator
Tulsa Police Department
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter, Fourth Edition provides an uncomplicated look at the complex issues of child protection faced by all disciplines. The book’s contributors are a virtual “Who’s Who” in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect. Not only are we provided with charts and lists to assist us in our assessments, but we are also provided with specific references to additional literature on the various forms of child maltreatment. This is particularly helpful in understanding the ever-changing risks affecting our children in today’s environment. You are provided with a firm foundation of knowledge, easily applied to real life situations, designed for you to make the right choices, for the right reasons.

Pete Banks
Supervisor, Child Abuse Unit (Retired)
Washington (DC) Metropolitan Police Department
Director, Training & Outreach (Retired)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Washington, DC

Being a final-year medical student, my biggest concern about becoming a qualified doctor is missing red flags and there are few worse than missed cases of child abuse. Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter is a comprehensive literature review on the various types of abuse, how to spot them and how they can be treated/prevented.
I would recommend the book to anyone working with children: there are chapters relevant to various professionals involved with children. The writing style of the book means that even the layperson could understand and learn from it. Personally, I discovered gaps in my knowledge with regards to the more modern forms of abuse, such as the use of ‘malware tactics’ in online resources. I am sure that I will come back to this book during my practice to ensure that I do my best to never miss the red flag of child abuse.

William Meredith
Medical Student, Manchester Medical School
University of Manchester, England

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