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The Unintended Effect in Mandatory Reporting Laws and an Increased Risk to a Protected Population

Stephen Johnston

Title:
The Unintended Effect in Mandatory Reporting Laws and an Increased Risk to a Protected Population
Author(s):
Johnston, Stephen
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Social Work
Volume:
8
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Book/Journal Title:
Columbia Social Work Review
Geographic Area:
New York (N.Y.)
Abstract:
Insufficient definitions within New York State’s mandatory reporting laws have created a “legal-ethical feedback loop” (Johnston, 2015) that can cause an increase in potential victims through the exclusion of certain persons seeking treatment. These non-offending individuals seeking treatment for pedophilia can become subjects of investigations by Child Protective Services because of ambiguous language in the laws, wherein their treatment is jeopardized. This paper will examine how the langue of current New York statutes creates a propensity for over-reporting possible abuse cases when they are unfounded, and potentially risks increasing the number of sexual abuse victims because of a lack of access to or trust in licensed clinicians. This paper proposes several alternatives to closing this “feedback loop” and thereby further protecting one of New York’s most vulnerable populations: children.
Subject(s):
Social work with youth
Child sexual abuse--Reporting
Child sexual abuse--Prevention
Child welfare
Pedophilia--Treatment
Law
Legal ethics
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Stephen Johnston, , The Unintended Effect in Mandatory Reporting Laws and an Increased Risk to a Protected Population, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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