Working with child protective services and law enforcement: What to expect

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The process whereby a clinician decides that child abuse is a diagnostic possibility is often marked with doubt and fear. Abusive parents can present convincing lies, and children with suspicious injuries can have unusual accidents. Personal thresholds for reporting suspected abuse vary considerably. Clinicians may mistrust or misunderstand the roles and responsibilities of the investigators and legal professionals involved. This article aims to improve understanding of the community responses to a report of child abuse, and enable the clinician to work effectively with child protective services, law enforcement agencies, and legal professionals to ensure child safety and family integrity when appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1047
Number of pages11
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Child protective services
  • Law enforcement
  • Reporting child abuse
  • Testifying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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