Child Maltreatment And Child Abuse

1878 Words Dec 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Child maltreatment or child abuse is defined as any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent of caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitations; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk or serious harm (Department of Health and Human Services, 2006). The definition of child abuse and neglect varies depending on the state and it is based on standards set by federal law. This review will focus on how big this issue is in the United States, and will inform about the types of child maltreatment that are most common, how child maltreatment correlates with other issues such as poverty and substance abuse; types of syndromes, and what can be done to protect the children and get them out of the risky and dangerous situations.
According to the Department of Human Services in the state of Arkansas, in order for a child abuse or neglect report to be done, several reasons need to be present. The alleged victim must be under the age of 18, a specific incident or circumstances must raise suspicion that the child has been or is being neglected or abused, the child has been harmed and is at risk of physical or sexual injury. In situations where this type of abuse is present, the child may be taken from their home by the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and from there they would investigate any reports made in order to provide the child safety.
In the state of Arkansas there is three main…
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