Taking the Investigation of Child Abuse Extremely Serious
by Greg Young
(Country Club Hill, Illinois, USA)
As a 29-year veteran in the field of child abuse as an investigator, asst. supervisor, supervisor, and administrator, I have found the number one factor in keeping children safe is regular visitation of reported families to observe the children and to interview them and their adult caretakers. Investigators of reported suspected abuse cases must make every effort to see the reported child victims; this means making constant visits until the child is seen (an unseen child remains at risk and could be constantly subject to abuse until seen). No investigator should feel at ease until a reported child is observed and interviewed, after all, if one hasn't seen the suspected victim, how can risk be assessed.
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