Tag Archives: child abuse

Statement: North Carolina social workers get positive outcome in Piro v. McKeever

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A recent court decision issued by the North Carolina Supreme Court is a positive outcome for social workers in North Carolina. In Piro v. McKeever, Ms. McKeever, LCSW, fulfilled her duty to report suspected child abuse when she reported sexual abuse allegations to authorities against her client’s father. The allegations were not substantiated by the Department of Social Services (DSS), ... Read More »

Commission to Eliminate Child Maltreatment Fatalities Holds First Meeting

The 12 member Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), created by the Protect our Kids Act (Pub.L. 112-275), held its first meeting on February 24 in Washington, DC. The goal of the commission’s work over the next two years is to develop recommendations, to be presented to the President and to Congress, regarding how to reduce fatalities ... Read More »

New IOM Report Highlights Advances in Understanding of Child Abuse, Neglect

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) on September 12 released a new report, New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research, that highlights advances made in understanding and treating child abuse and neglect over the past 20 years. Joan Levy Zlotnik, director of NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute, was a member of the multi-disciplinary consensus committee that examined what has been ... Read More »

Educational Personnel as Reporters of Suspected Child Maltreatment

Over 3 million referrals for suspected child abuse or neglect were made to Child Protective Services (CPS) in the US in 2009. Reports of suspicion of child maltreatment are more likely to come from educational personnel than from any other professional or non-professional reporting source. However, research consistently raises concerns as to the quantity and quality of reports by this ... Read More »

“Social Workers and Child Abuse Reporting” Law Note Published

Social workers may find themselves torn between their commitment to their clients’ interests and their responsibility to the larger society when faced with the possibility of reporting child abuse to authorities. Social workers throughout the United States have been required to disclose confidential information, sometimes against a client’s wishes, in order to comply with mandatory reporting laws on child and ... Read More »

News From the Hill – January 2012

Political Climate Now that the calendar has turned to 2012, the upcoming election cycle has begun to gain steam.  The Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary are behind us, Republican candidates are looking down the road at the South Carolina primary.  Pieces will begin falling into place as the President continues fundraising, the Republicans move closer to declaring a ... Read More »

Press Advisory: House Holds Hearing on Child Deaths Due to Maltreatment

GAO, National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, and Actress Tamara Tunie Scheduled to Testify On Tuesday July 12, 2011, the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means will hold a congressional hearing on child deaths due to maltreatment. Chairman Geoff Davis (R-KY) announced the hearing that will coincide with the release of the Government Accountability ... Read More »

News from the Hill – May 2011

Thanks to our Advocates, NASW Advocacy Days Were a Success NASW is pleased to announce that our virtual advocacy days were a great success! Hundreds of social workers from across the country contacted their Senators and Representatives in support of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (S. 584/H.R. 1106). At the same time, ... Read More »

Press Advisory: Law & Order SVU’s Tamara Tunie to Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month in Washington, DC

Delivers Petition at Congressional Briefing on Child Abuse Deaths Washington, D.C./// March 30, 2011///- On April 5, 2011, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit star Tamara Tunie will travel to Washington, D.C. to deliver a petition asking Congress to hold hearings on child abuse and neglect deaths.  The petition signed by nearly 9,000 people will be delivered specifically to Congressman ... Read More »

News from the Hill – January 2011

CAPTA Reauthorization Bill Signed Into Law On December 20, President Obama signed into law the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Reauthorization Act of 2010 (CAPTA), formerly S. 3817. The law promotes the use of differential response in child protective services, gives special attention to the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence, and sharpens the prevention focus of the community-based ... Read More »