Physicians and indeed the society in which we live are now well used to the concept of child abuse and the need to maintain a high index of suspicion in circumstances of injury or neglect. Professionals have learned to balance those suspicions with a humane and compassionate view that ultimately seeks the best and safest situation for the child while taking due account of the rights and needs of parents and caregivers; it is recognized that such parents usually need help, understanding, and respite, and that they can often continue, once so supported, in their parental roles.
KeywordsChild Abuse Family Physician Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire Case Base Approach Abusive Situation
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