Recognizing Child Abuse
A Guide for the Concerned

Recognizing Child Abuse by Douglas J. Besharov

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This concise, easy-to-consult guide helps both professionals and laypersons recognize and report all forms of child maltreatment. The manual covers reporting obligations, liability for failing to report, protections for those who report, sources of suspicion, physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, endangerment and abandonment, psychological maltreatment, parents with severe mental disabilities, interviewing parents, preserving evidence, emergencies, making a report, monitoring investigations, and being prepared—with a guide for parents as well.

270 pages, illustrated. ISBN: 0-02-90382-X

"A lucid and comprehensive guide to what we can do if we suspect child abuse or neglect.   Besharov deserves our thanks for this practical advice on a tragic problem."
-Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers

"Douglas J. Besharov's Recognizing Child Abuse tells how to make sure evidence of child abuse is accurate and how to proceed.  Besharov's book can go a long way in helping us deal with, and ultimately eliminate, this national tragedy."
-Keith Geiger, President, National Education Association

"Required reading for all child care professionals.  Offers the most up-to-date information which could prove lifesaving when utilized by any individual responsible for the welfare and well-being of children at risk.  Written in a concise and easy-to-read manner by one of the pioneers in the field of child maltreatment."
-Vincent J. Fontana, M.D., Medical Director, New York Foundling Hospital

"Douglas Besharov has provided a genuine service for all those who don't know where to begin in knowing when child abuse has probably occurred and what to do about it.   Written in a clear, concrete language for a broad audience, especially parents, Recognizing Child Abuse reveals Doug's passion for ensuring that the right kids get protection from harm--and soon."
-Ruth W. Massinga, President, American Public Welfare Association

"An informative, comprehensive book from an attorney who has worked on child protection policy issues for decades.  This is important reading for those who should report abuse, are accused of abuse, or are parents of an abused child."
-Howard Davidson, Director, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

"Besharov's book dispels much of the confusion and hysteria presently surrounding the proper identification and handing of suspected child maltreatment.   It is my sincere hope that this book will be both widely read and utilized as a guide for lawmakers, social workers, teachers, doctors, parents, and all persons truly concerned for the welfare of our children."
-Margaret Gran, Co-founder, Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL)