Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Factors Affecting Medical and Nursing Staff Reporting of Child Abuse

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Factors Affecting Medical and Nursing Staff Reporting of Child Abuse

Article excerpt

Medical and nursing staff are obliged to report all suspicions of child abuse. Reports should be made to the police or to a social service child protection officer. In 2010, Social Services received 450,000 reports of child abuse in Israel, an increase of 171% over the past five years. Despite the rising incidence of child abuse in Israel, medical and nursing staff reports of suspected child abuse remain low. Awareness of regulations and procedures is an important factor facilitating reporting of incidents of child abuse. Recent research used the Theory of Planned Behavior to predict nursing and medical staff reporting of suspected child abuse. The purpose of the workshop is to increase the awareness and assessment of child abuse and to educate attendees about means to report suspected child abuse.

This presentation offers an overview of the importance, regulations and procedures, and practical approach to the assessment and reporting of child abuse by clinicians. …

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