The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals
informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight
best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals
from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology,
public health and prevention in the U.S.
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1992 Number 1
There is sometimes a fine line between a sense of duty and a sense of arrogance In the press. Because reporters are protected by the Constitution, they sometimes feel that they're shielded from being held accountable for their mistakes And many pressures, both personal and institutional, can lead a reporter to make mistakes.
At least 6 to 15 percent of burned children seen as outpatients and one third of those hospitalized were injmed as a result of abuse or neglect. It is therefore essential for anyone caring for injured children to be aware of the signs of non-accidental burns.
To determine whether suspicious burns are accidental or non-accidental, the investigator must collect specific physical evidence, and histories from the victim, witnesses, and suspect.
Photographic documentation of significant findings is an important part of any child abuse evaluation, whether for physical or sexual abuse.
Increasingly, judges appoint court appointed special advocates (CASAs) to represent children in child abuse and neglect proceedings. Like lawyers, CASAs are charged with looking out for the "best interests" of the child. Unfortunately, although the phrase "best interests" sounds noble, it provides little practical guidance for the child advocate.
Many helpers and healers come from dysfunctional families. Some of us are working out personal issues with clients; some are still in denial about our backgrounds. "Maybe if I get an advanced degree, get more experience, or get elevated to a position of power, nobody will really know who I am and what I'm feeling about myself," we think. We can create an unsafe environment for survivors, keeping the real issues from surfacing, because our own issues are in the way.
The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC s membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.