128 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
Child abuse cases are unique in that they involve seldomly witnessed acts. A nonverbal victim and a silent perpetrator will often lead to a stalling of the investigation and the judicial process. Effective Child Abuse Investigation for the Multi-Disciplinary Team is a practical guide for law enforcement officers and child protection workers in abuse investigations. It demonstrates how all members of the team can best work together to consolidate the medical, social, and legal facts in each case, increasing the chances for successful prosecution and enhancing child safety.
Presenting the insight of an investigator with more than two decades of experience, this book guides investigators in the best practices of abuse investigations through a better understanding of the dynamics of abuse, the mechanisms of injury, and the efficient use of professional expertise.
Additional topics include the danger of investigative bias, female sex offenders, child development, and basic medical terminology associated with abusivehead trauma. Appendices include questions to be asked in all cases, a pediatric investigation checklist for first responders, and an investigative timeline checklist.
Suitable for any law enforcement training environment, the book demonstrates how working together with the collective knowledge of all members of the team can ensure maltreated children are protected and abusers held accountable for their actions.
Allegation and Disclosure
Child Forensic Interview
The Nonoffending Parent as a Witness
Accelerated Timeline for Suspect Contact
Accidental versus Nonaccidental Trauma
Fall Injuries and Abusive Head Trauma
Abusive Head Trauma
Timeline of AHT/SBS
Triggers for Abuse
Fractures from Birth
Religion and Child Abuse
Female Sex Offenders
Investigative and Judicial Bias
Child Advocacy Centers
Outside Agency Investigations
Plausible versus Actual
Appendix A: Question Sets
Appendix B: Pediatric Abuse Investigation Checklist
for First Responders
Appendix C: Investigative Timeline Checklist