Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation, and Training

Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation, and Training

Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation, and Training

Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation, and Training

Synopsis

Get the tools to coordinate a plan in your community

The highly anticipated Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation, and Training presents an exciting vision: to end or significantly reduce child abuse. Respected social scientists and legal scholars discuss empirically sound short- and long- term multidisciplinary strategies that can be implemented in our society. Innovative and well-established concepts and approaches are clearly presented, such as specialized education, rational preventative methods, effective investigation and prosecution strategies, and the analysis of factors that influence law enforcement investigations and child abuse prevention efforts.

Several obstacles stand in the way of the elimination of child abuse, such as the failure to investigate most child abuse reports, inadequate training of frontline child protection professionals, lack of financial resources, and the dilemma that child abuse is not addressed at the youngest ages. Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation, and Training tackles these problems and others with practical guidelines and aggressive creative strategies that can be applied to every community in the United States. This collection is impeccably referenced and soundly supported with research.

Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation, and Training discusses:
  • implementation of a model curriculum in child advocacy for undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • forensic interview training
  • extensive education of the nation's child protection professionals
  • development and funding of prevention programs at the community level
  • educational reforms of Montclair State University in New Jersey designed to better prepare professionals who advocate for children
  • research-based interview techniques with best practice guidelines
  • possible broader social and system-level reforms
  • vertical prosecution of child abuse cases--with a model for its operation
Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Prevention, Investigation, and Training is an ambitious eye-opening source perfect for social services professionals, mental health professionals, practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and medical and legal professionals who deal with child abuse and children's welfare.

Excerpt

Congressman Robert E. “Bud” Cramer, Jr.

In reviewing the contents of this book, I was struck by how far we have come as a nation in addressing child abuse and neglect. I was also struck by how much we have left to do.

In my work as a juvenile prosecutor and elected District Attorney, I saw first hand the complex nature of these cases and the need to develop specialized units of investigators and prosecutors to respond to allegations of abuse. As a District Attorney, I had the privilege of starting the nation’s first Children’s Advocacy Center. Later, as a United States Representative, I championed the cause of children by marshalling congressional support for both my National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the National Children’s Alliance, a coalition of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) from across the nation that is headquartered in Washington, DC.

As a result of these reforms, countless children are interviewed sensitively, in child-friendly environments, by professionals skilled in conducting these interviews. As noted in one of the articles of this volume, there is a tremendous amount of research documenting effective interviewing practices. Our nation’s Children’s Advocacy Centers are dedicated to ensuring that all children are interviewed consistent with the best practices.

The investigation and prosecution of these cases has also improved tremendously in recent decades. This improvement is attributable in no

[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: “Foreword.” Cramer, Jr., Robert E. “Bud.” Co-published simulta
neously in Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (The Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, an
imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 12, No. 3/4, 2006; and: Ending Child Abuse: New Efforts in Preven
tion, Investigation, and Training
(ed: Victor I. Vieth, Bette L. Bottoms, and Alison R. Perona) The Haworth
Maltreatment & Trauma Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc., 2006. Single or multiple copies of this
article are available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service [1-800-HAWORTH, 9:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. (EST). E-mail address: docdelivery@haworthpress.com].

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