Recognition of child maltreatmentTHERE ARE A number of ways in which health care workers may become aware that a child is either being abused or is potentially at risk.Observation Through direct observation of symptoms and signs of abuse and neglect as demonstrated by both child and parent/carer.Allegation As a consequence of allegations or reports made by a child or another person.Disclosure Either directly from a child or by someone who says they are harming a child.
Assessing harmThe Children Act 1989 introduced the notion of harm to describe the various forms and consequences of child maltreatment. Harm covers impaired health and development and is defined as 'the state of a child which is attributable to ill-treatment or failure to provide adequate care'. It includes forms of ill treatment, classified, according to the guidance of Working Together to Safeguard Children, as:
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Book title: The Child in Mind: A Child Protection Handbook.
Contributors: Judy Barker - Author, Deborah T. Hodes - Author.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2004.
Page number: 27.
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