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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2000-2001 Number 3 and 4
Twenty years ago, mental health professionals seldom worried about lawsuits or ethics complaints, but not so today. This article outlines what professionals should consider to lower their risk of these situations.
Child welfare and particularly child protective services are in a crisis. Child abuse and neglect reporting continues to escalate (CDF, 1997) as does the out-of-home placement of children. Additionally, new laws, such as The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (P. L. 105-89), have added even more stress on a system that is already quite tenuous. The increased complexity of problems in the child welfare field requires higher levels of knowledge and skills for professionals who work with children and families.
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.
Neglect consistently accounts for over half of all substantiated cases of maltreatment in the United States (USDHHS, 2001; 2000), and the highest rate of victimization is in the 0 to 3 age group (USDHHS, 2001). Yet, neglect has continued to receive less definitional and research attention than child physical and sexual abuse (Zuravin, 1999).