Child abuse: Social and medicolegal issues
- Sandeep K Narang, MD, JD
Sandeep K Narang, MD, JD
- Fulbright-Nehru Scholar & Division Head of Child Abuse Pediatrics
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Child Abuse)
- Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
- Section Editors
- Daniel M Lindberg, MD
Daniel M Lindberg, MD
- Section Editor — Pediatric Psychosocial Emergencies
- Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
- University of Colorado Kempe Center
- Teresa K Duryea, MD
Teresa K Duryea, MD
- Section Editor — General Pediatrics
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Deputy Editor
- James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH
- Senior Deputy Editor — UpToDate
- Deputy Editor — Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Deputy Editor — Primary Care Sports Medicine (Adolescents and Adults)
- Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine/Traumatology
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine
This topic will review social and medicolegal considerations for suspected child abuse. Medicolegal aspects of mandated reporting in the United States and Europe will also be discussed here.
The recognition, evaluation, and management of physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse and child neglect are discussed in detail separately:
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- LEGAL DEFINITION
- NOTIFYING PARENTS
- REPORTING SUSPECTED ABUSE
- Mandatory reporting
- Reasonable suspicion or cause to believe
- Barriers to reporting
- Reporting process
- The written report
- THE MEDICAL RECORD
- TESTIFYING IN COURT
- United States and international court systems
- Courtroom setting
- Courtroom process
- - Preparation
- - Direct examination
- - Cross-examination
- - Ethical testimony