Child and Neglect

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This paper gives the following: effective interviewing skills related to children and teens coping with child abuse and neglect and an in-depth discussion of a specific evidenced-based intervention theory to use with either children or teens that have experienced child abuse.

The child abuse and neglect paper that I used for my assessment is the Sandra Horton case. The Horton family has many emotional, mental, and physical issues. The primary caregiver is Michelle Horton, a 40 year old- Caucasian, Sandra Father Brad (truck driver), is not involved- Sandra’s father, Todd (married banker) is not involved- Jenny’s father. The children involved are Sandra Horton -15 year old Jenny Horton 10 year old-Caucasian. The case was presented by the school counselor. The counselor tells me that Sandra stated that “mama tied me to the deck with chains last night to stop me from going out again with my boyfriend”. Sandra also said she and her sister “stay alone at night” because their mother, Michelle, works the third shift as an attendant at a service station. The counselor also reports that Sandra is attendant at a service station.

As a Senior Social Worker at DHR assigned to the Horton case intervention, the main role I would play is case manager. Case managers are involved in locating services and assisting their clients to access those services. Case management is especially important for complex situations that involve clients who are homeless or elderly, have chronic physical or mental health issues, are disabled, victims of domestic or other violent crimes, or are vulnerable children. The issue that I would begin is the allegation of Sandra being chained on the deck. According to DHR, policies and procedures, this is a form of child abuse. “Child abuse is defined as non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child.” (What is Child Abuse). According to Gitterman, physical child neglect results from a parental act of omission;...
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