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  • Writer's pictureSpencer Letizia

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.

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