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Child Abuse and Neglect in CanadaA Guide for Mandatory Reporters$
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Lea Tufford

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190083472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190083472.001.0001

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Ethical and Legal Issues in Mandatory Reporting

Ethical and Legal Issues in Mandatory Reporting

(p.39) 3 Ethical and Legal Issues in Mandatory Reporting
Child Abuse and Neglect in Canada

Lea Tufford

Oxford University Press

The purpose of this chapter is to explore ethical and legal concerns that relate to the mandatory reporting of child maltreatment including informed consent, confidentiality, reasonable suspicion, and penalties for false or nonreporting. Informed consent with individuals with limited English language skills is specifically addressed. In addition, the chapter provides an overview of the perceived benefits and challenges of mandatory reporting and who is considered a mandatory reporter in Canada. Documentation is discussed, and a case example is provided. The chapter discusses mandatory reporting legislation and both the benefits and criticism of this legislation and recording suspicions of child maltreatment will conclude the chapter.

Keywords:   informed consent, confidentiality, reasonable suspicion, legislation, documentation

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