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Child abuse and the role of a case manager

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The following articles have either been abstracted and included in the response directly or attached as full-text files due to their size. These should provide you with the information that you need to answer your question about the special needs of abused children and the kinds of specialized training or access to resources needed by case managers.

While children who have been abused or who have witnessed abuse may share needs and services, it is important to remember that each child's experience and needs are unique. Services commonly accessed in instances of child abuse include a range of psychological, health/hygene, safety and other specialized services. It is also important to recognize that paramount to any other need is that of a safe environment where the child can regain a sense of stability.


1. Hollows, Anne and Armstrong, Helen. "Current Developments in Training." Child Abuse Review; Aug 1992, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p136-137, 2p.
This section presets news briefs about training related to child abuse social work. The Child Abuse Training Unit (CATU) is hoping to undertake work shortly to upgrade the successful Child Protection pack on implementing the Children Act. A recent survey of pack users gas a response of over 60% and covered more than 6500 people who had been trained with the pack to date. According to the survey, the pack was successful in meetings its aims, but trainers clearly wanted a legal update on the case law emerging from the Children Act. ...

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References are added to show how child abuse can be affected by the role of a case manager. Functions of case managers are also explained.

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Cases of domestic violence and child abuse

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The prosecutor is getting feedback from local law enforcement explaining that they are discouraged about making arrests in cases of domestic violence and child abuse. They claim that they have been either not making arrests in domestic violence situations or arresting both parties when they go out on a call. It seems that abused women often go back to the abusers, and children who get removed from the homes where they have been abused often return after removal. These occurrences have been especially demoralizing to law enforcement.

One of your jobs in working as a victim witness assistant is to help educate law enforcement on the nature and behaviors involved in domestic violence and child abuse. The prosecutor's office has decided that you should present each of these topics for the next training session:

Topic 1 - Domestic violence: Your goal is to educate law enforcement to use best practices in the investigation of domestic abuse cases. Include the following topics:

--How to approach a domestic violence situation when responding to an emergency call

---When the parties should be separated
---How to interview parties
---What information needs to be in the report and why
---How best to help a victim
---What laws protect victims, including the use of protection orders
---Why victims return to abusers
---Length of time it may take to stay away from their abusers


---The legal standard needed to make an arrest in a domestic violence case
---What evidence should be collected at the arrest
---Are dual arrests effective law enforcement?
---How to assist domestic violence victims
---Reluctant victims
---Help for victims

Topic 2 - Child Abuse: Your goal will be to educate law enforcement about the dynamics of abuse and neglect cases. Include the following topics:

--Signs of child abuse and categories (physical, sexual, emotional)
--Difference between abuse and neglect
--Legal description of neglect
--Use of guardian ad litems
--The legal standards that must be met in removal from the home
--Termination of parental rights
--Requirements of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
--Role of court-appointed special advocates (CASA) in child abuse and neglect cases
--Role of social services in abuse and neglect cases

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