The Child Welfare Response to Serious Nonaccidental Head Trauma

Paula Kienberger Jaudes*, Lucy A. Bilaver

*Corresponding author for this work

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Serious nonaccidental head trauma (NHT) can leave permanent neurological damage in children who survive abuse. This study reports on child welfare's handling of NHT cases compared with cases of physical abuse and head trauma due to neglect with regard to placement in foster care, reunification with family, and safety issues. The results show that workers placed children with NHT in foster care immediately after the abuse but treated them no differently than other physically abused children regarding reunification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-48
Number of pages22
JournalChild Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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