Child Abuse and Neglect in Canada: A Guide for Mandatory Reporters

ISBN : 9780190083472

Lea Tufford
272 Pages
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
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In Canada, professionals such as doctors, teachers, and social workers must report child abuse and neglect to Child Protection Services. This is often a difficult decision-professionals may be uncertain if they should report their suspicions and worry about the relationship with the client or patient if they follow through. Child Abuse and Neglect in Canada offers a concise guide to mandatory reporting in provincial and territorial jurisdictions with specific attention to the context and unique realities of Northern Canada. As an introduction to mandatory reporting, the book opens with an exploration of the historical rise of the child welfare system, mandatory reporters' ethical duties around reporting, types of abuse and neglect, risk and protective factors, and the ascendancy of child abuse in an online environment. The text goes on to explore various factors (e.g., legal, clinical, and situational) to assist human service professionals with their decision-making, examine the reporting process, and offer relationship-repair strategies (e.g., reporting, affecting regulation, and advocating). It culminates in a comprehensive, empirically based conceptual framework to help readers maintain relationships with their clients. Predicated on the author's dissertation research, this book offers human service professionals a comprehensive framework for fulfilling professional, fiduciary obligations while providing educators with accessible teaching tools to further their pupils' understanding of the subject.


Chapter 1. Historical Foundations of Canadian Child Welfare and Mandatory Reporting
Chapter 2. Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect in Northern Canada
Chapter 3. Ethical and Legal Issues in Mandatory Reporting
Chapter 4. Typology and Incidence of Child Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 5. Risk Factors in Child Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 6. Protective Factors in Child Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 7. Online Child Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 8. Disclosure of Child Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 9. The Decision to Report
Chapter 10. Reporting to Child Protective Services
Chapter 11. Strategies to Maintain the Relationship
Chapter 12. Following the Report
Chapter 13. Recommendations for Practice and Education

About the author: 

Lea Tufford, PhD, MA, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University. Her research--centered on child abuse and neglect, mindfulness, and simulation in social work education--has been honoured by the Council on Social Work Education and the Society for Social Work and Research. Drawing on over 15 years of clinical work, Dr. Tufford maintains a private practice with individuals, couples, and families.

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