Legal aspects of child abuse: guidelines for the nurse.

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Legislation provides certain mandates for the identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect. State intervention on behalf of the child occurs at the onset of suspected abuse or neglect. Court involvement may be necessary to ensure the protection of children through court-ordered provision of services to families. The implementation of legal mandates requires a multidisciplinary effort, so that nurses who work with children and families need to know the child abuse legislation of the state in which they practice. Because of their professional skills, nurses are in a vital position to identify and assist vulnerable children and families. Through effective reporting, record-keeping, and an understanding of the uses and benefits of court intervention, nurses can effect a positive impact upon the legal system in behalf of abused children and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-160
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1981

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