Child abuse investigation and treatment for deaf and hard of hearing children: Ethical practice and policy

Emilie Edwards, Jennie Vaughn, Karen Smith Rotabi

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Deaf children are more susceptible than other children to abuse in home and institutional settings. Many helping professionals are unaware of the unique vulnerabilities and needs of the deaf; this lack of awareness limits the effectiveness of their services to that population. Laws and ethical standards mandate that social workers and others use communication methods that deaf clients can understand; however, many human service agencies rely on less than adequate means of communication in child abuse investigations and other procedures. Such ineffective intervention practices fail to protect a vulnerable population of children who literally cannot speak for themselves.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalThe Social Policy Journal
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • child abuse
  • child abuse investigations
  • policy
  • ethical practice
  • civil rights


  • Social Work
  • Political Science
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology

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