How do social workers intervene in child abuse
First, child abuse is a crime, and not handled by social workers.
It is investigated by the District Attorney and a decision is made whether or not to file criminal charges and take the child from the locus of the abuse and place the child in a temporary home.
A social worker might be consulted later, perhaps regarding the welfare of the child in its new home.
But that would be a significant time later.
Initially all activity is by the District Attorney.
A Physician specially trained in examining pediatric abuse victims will examine the child, and Xray, CT scans, and MRIs will be done to check for evidence of old fractures, hematomas from a severe spanking or a punch, etc.
Multiple photographs will be taken, often including the use of UV light to bring out dormant bruising.
A Child Psychiatrist will meet with the child, usually for several visits.
And if criminal charges are felt to be warranted then law enforcement is called in.
If the alleged abuser cannot afford a criminal defense attorney then the Court will appoint a Court appointed criminal defense attorney.
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