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Child abuse: Social and medicolegal issues

Sandeep K Narang, MD, JD
Section Editors
Daniel M Lindberg, MD
Teresa K Duryea, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


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:

(See "Physical child abuse: Recognition" and "Differential diagnosis of suspected child physical abuse" and "Physical child abuse: Diagnostic evaluation and management".)

(See "Evaluation of sexual abuse in children and adolescents" and "Management and sequelae of sexual abuse in children and adolescents".)

(See "Child neglect and emotional maltreatment".)

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