ERIC Number: ED339944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect in Alaska. Information for Mental Health Professionals and Other Human Service Providers.
Alaska State Library, Juneau.
All mental health professionals and other human service providers have a responsibility to report known and suspected cases of child abuse and neglect in Alaska, and many of them have a legal obligation to do so. Mental health professionals are often in a unique position to see and hear clues about child abuse and neglect. Often persons who need help because they are abusers (or are being abused) will be unwilling to admit that problem, but will seek help for other, usually unrelated problems that they are experiencing. A mental health professional who is sensitive to the indicators of abuse and neglect often will be able to determine, or at least speculate with some certainty, that abuse or neglect is taking place in a family. Likewise, other human service providers, those working for example, in family violence, substance abuse, and crisis intervention programs, are likely to hear and see clues about child abuse and neglect. Among those who are required by law to report child abuse and neglect are psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, hospital administrators, teachers, and child care providers. This legal obligation to report takes precedence over the confidentiality of information requirement in the Hippocratic Oath and other professional codes. (LLL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Library, Juneau.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska