Protecting Children from Child Neglect & Supporting Families
Reports of suspected child neglect make up more than three-quarters of all
reports made to child protective services in any given year; 6 times more than
reports of sexual abuse, and 5 times more than reports of physical abuse.
However, neglect reports are least likely to be substantiated after investigation.
The reality is that reporters of suspected child maltreatment struggle with
appropriately identifying and reporting this type of maltreatment. This session
will explore the legal and ethical obligations of professional reporters, especially
as they relate to the concept of child neglect. Various types of child neglect,
including physical neglect, medical neglect and educational neglect will be
explored, along with a significant conversation around parental supervision and
the use of corporal punishment. Practical strategies for intervention with families
will be offered and discussed.