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Title: Mandatory Reporting and the Difficulties Identifying and Responding to Risk of Severe Neglect: A Response Requiring a Rethink
Contributor(s): Lonne, Bob  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9685-9_12
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Abstract: Neglect of children is a significant social issue worldwide and is typically the most frequently reported form of maltreatment in Western nations, with its severe forms sometimes resulting in significant illness and disablement or death. Yet, paradoxically, it remains 'neglected' and largely in the shadow of physical and sexual abuse, often being viewed as less serious despite the real-life consequences of its insidious and compounding nature and the lasting damage it causes to intergenerational familial relationships and the life outcomes of those affected. This chapter explores the many complex forms of child neglect, its causes and impacts and the strategies to prevent it. In particular, a critical standpoint is taken in analysing the rationale and merits of mandatory reporting of neglect and their effects, systemically and for children. It is argued that with respect to neglect, and severe neglect in particular, that mandatory reporting is counterproductive to our efforts to prevent maltreatment because it has too many unintended consequences that hinder system and family responses to access necessary preventative programs and supports, particularly concerning the social structural factors at play. Examples are used to highlight the characteristics of system failures regarding severe neglect and to understand why our reporting system responses can fail. Finally, key practice and policy issues regarding mandatory reporting of severe neglect are unpacked and examined, exploring the ways in which we can enhance our efforts to prevent child neglect, render support in timely and effective ways and thereby protect children from its more profound impacts.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Mandatory Reporting Laws and the Identification of Severe Child Abuse and Neglect, p. 245-273
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Dordrecht, The Netherlands
ISBN: 9789401796842
Field of Research (FOR): 180119 Law and Society
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Child Maltreatment
Series Number : 4
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