Child abuse investigation and treatment for deaf and hard of hearing children: Ethical practice and policy

Emilie Edwards, Jennie Vaughn, Karen Smith Rotabi

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Abstract

Deaf children are more susceptible than other children to abuse in home and institutional settings. Many helping professionals are unaware of the unique vulnerabilities and needs of the deaf; this lack of awareness limits the effectiveness of their services to that population. Laws and ethical standards mandate that social workers and others use communication methods that deaf clients can understand; however, many human service agencies rely on less than adequate means of communication in child abuse investigations and other procedures. Such ineffective intervention practices fail to protect a vulnerable population of children who literally cannot speak for themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Policy Journal
Volume4
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 7 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Child abuse
  • Child abuse investigations
  • Civil rights
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Ethical practice
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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