This session orients participants to the definitions of child abuse and neglect in Washington state, as well as practical guidance and considerations specific to how you might identify and respond to various types of child maltreatment. Policy and practical considerations for photographing injuries and conditions in children are reviewed. We briefly discuss forensic interviewing, child advocacy centers, and how to respond to a spontaneous disclosure of sexual abuse or serious physical abuse. We review indicators and dynamics of child torture and distinguishing these dynamics from those more common with malnutrition or failure to thrive cases. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the importance of collaboration with community partners, particularly medical professionals and law enforcement.
Staff newly hired into afterhours or those in afterhours who have not participated in training.
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