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The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations
This manual is for professionals, such as emergency medical technicians, child protective services caseworkers, and law enforcement officers, who have the primary responsibility for the initial on-scene response to situations in which child abuse or neglect may have occurred. The manual describes the various types of child maltreatment and the signs that may indicate that maltreatment has occurred, provides an overview of the initial response and investigation in cases of suspected maltreatment, explains how first responders should prepare for and provide testimony in court for maltreatment cases, and outlines how first responders and their agencies can respond to child maltreatment cases in emergencies and disasters, including how to prepare for such situations.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 Purpose and Overview
CHAPTER 2 Recognizing Child Maltreatment
CHAPTER 3 Initial Response and Investigation
CHAPTER 4 Testifying In Court
CHAPTER 5 Responding in Disasters
APPENDIX A Glossary of Terms
APPENDIX B Resource Listings of Selected National Organizations Concerned with Child Maltreatment and with First Responders
APPENDIX C State Telephone Numbers for Reporting Suspected Child Maltreatment
APPENDIX D Reference Guide for Responding to Cases of Suspected Child Maltreatment
APPENDIX E Signs of Possible Physical Abuse
APPENDIX F Distinguishing Physical Abuse From Nonintentional Injury
APPENDIX G Common Folk-Medicine Practice Injuries That May Resemble Abuse
APPENDIX H Criteria for Distinguishing SIDS from Fatal Child Maltreatment
APPENDIX I Domestic Violence Exposure Assessment
APPENDIX J Interviewing Nonoffending Adults
APPENDIX K Memorandum of Understanding
APPENDIX L Home Visit Safety Tips
APPENDIX M Case Studies
APPENDIX N Assessing Disaster Survivor Immediate Needs Worksheet
APPENDIX O Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Outline
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2010). The role of first responders in child maltreatment cases: Disaster and nondisaster situations. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Child Welfare Information Gateway.