ERIC Number: ED339941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect in Alaska. Information for Medical and Health Personnel.
Alaska State Library, Juneau.
Alaska law requires that medical and health personnel report known and suspected child abuse and neglect. No one is more likely to see indicators of abuse and neglect than medical and other health-related personnel. Such indicators can include broken bones, bruises, malnutrition and other effects of neglect, infections, and other signs of sexual abuse. Contrary to what people may think, a person who abuses a child is usually not someone with a severe psychiatric disorder. In many instances, a person who abuses is a normal person whose stress levels have reached a crisis point. Medical and health personnel often are in a position to talk to a child, to gain trust, and thereby get insight into what the child may be facing. Medical and health personnel also have the opportunity to observe and talk with parents and other family members, which can provide an overall picture of the family and some of the problems they may be having. Administrators of hospitals and other medical institutions have the responsibility to report known and suspected abuse and neglect. They should make sure that their staffs are aware of the indicators of abuse and neglect. The legal obligation of medical and health personnel to report known and suspected child abuse and neglect takes precedence over the Hippocratic Oath and other professional codes. (Further information is given for diagnosing and reporting neglect.) (LLL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Library, Juneau.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska