Category Archives: Child Abuse

Avoiding Liability Bulletin – October 2016

Below you will find topics that I have written about in prior issues of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin. I make brief comments here or [...]

Child Abuse

… Suppose your patient, a sixteen- year old boy, tells you that he started a fight with his classmate at school and that he punched the [...]

Child Abuse Reporting

… Suppose a therapist or counselor (mandated reporter) in state “A” is told by her sixteen year old patient that she was abused by her [...]

Child Abuse Reporting

… Therapists must know the nuances of the child abuse reporting laws in their respective states. Assuming that one is a mandated [...]

Child Abuse Reporting

May 2005  … A man punches a pregnant woman in …

Child Abuse Reporting

… Why is it important to know the time frame and manner of reporting required by state child abuse reporting laws? Because a failure to [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – Neglect

… When thinking about your reporting duties regarding child abuse, don’t forget about neglect. While many child abuse reports are made [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – Duty to Investigate?

… Does a therapist or counselor generally have a duty to investigate in situations involving possible child abuse so as to determine [...]

Child Abuse

… Some forms of child abuse may not be readily recognizable to practitioners. That is why a thorough knowledge of child abuse reporting [...]

Think About This – Child Abuse?

...A parent smokes marijuana (one time) in front of her 17year-old daughter and tells her therapist about this. Is a child abuse report [...]

Child Abuse Report Required or Permitted?

In the February 2008 Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I asked a series of questions regarding a particular child abuse reporting issue. In [...]

Emancipation of Minor

… What is the effect, if any, of your state’s emancipation of minor laws on your duty as a mandated reporter of child abuse? The answer [...]

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