Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Child Abuse Treatment

In every state, health care professionals are required to report suspected cases of child abuse or child neglect to the authorities. Failure to report a suspected case can result in a fine or imprisonment. State laws protect healthcare workers from legal action by the parents, guardians, or caregivers. Victims of child abuse or child neglect may require admission to a hospital, in order to protect them from further harm. Beyond treatment for injuries, mental health counseling is an important part of therapy.

Goals for the treatment of child abuse:

  • Provide a safe environment for the child.
  • Provide care for injuries or medical problems.
  • Notify the authorities:
    • Child protective services
    • Police
  • Provide mental health counseling

Continue to Child Abuse Warning Signs

Last Updated: May 31, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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