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abuse

abuse  

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Criminal mistreatment of others with whom one has, or has had, a continuing relationship of some kind. Abuse arises in four categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect ...
abuse

abuse  

Inappropriate use or treatment of materials, techniques, persons, programmes, or language. See also child abuse.
abuse of position of trust

abuse of position of trust  

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It is an abuse of a position of trust for a person over the age of 18 years (A) to engage in sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 (B), where A looks after B in a care institution wherein ...
age of consent

age of consent  

The age at which a person can legally consent to sexual intercourse, or to an act that would otherwise constitute sexual assault. This age is 16.
assault

assault  

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N.An intentional or reckless act that causes someone to be put in fear of immediate physical harm. Actual physical contact is not necessary to constitute an assault (for example, pointing a gun at ...
attachment disorder

attachment disorder  

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A psychiatric disorder in infants and young children resulting from institutionalization, emotional neglect, or child abuse. Affected children are either withdrawn, aggressive, and fearful or ...
battered child syndrome

battered child syndrome  

An extension of the term battered baby syndrome, used when the victim is an older child. BCS abbrev.
brittle bone disease

brittle bone disease  

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A congenital disease that causes abnormally brittle bones. In children these bones frequently break and this can lead to incorrect allegations of child abuse.
Caffey's syndrome

Caffey's syndrome  

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The existence of multiple bony fractures of various ages in children caused by child abuse—at one time thought to be caused by disease.
child health

child health  

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Health services for children, usually school health services, sometimes an extension of maternal and child health services, sometimes both.
childhood

childhood  

A variable social construction, the concept of childhood barely existed in early America. In fact, this special period of growth and development experienced before accepting adult responsibilities ...
crime and sexual integrity

crime and sexual integrity  

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In relation to crime, sexual integrity may be seen to have both a positive and a negative dimension. The negative dimension posits crime as a violation of sexual integrity, a ...
criminology

criminology  

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N.The study of crime. Criminology is an interdisciplinary field that combines aspects of legal theory and the substantive legal disciplines with approaches based on psychology, sociology, and moral ...
domestic violence

domestic violence  

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A broad range of abusive behaviour against a partner or family member, often taking place in the home, in order to disempower and assert control over that individual. It is ...
early intervention

early intervention  

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Is about professional agencies working together to respond to the additional needs of pre‐school or school age children without delay. These needs may be due factors within the child, e.g. ...
forensic medicine

forensic medicine  

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The branch of medicine concerned with the scientific investigation of the causes of injury and death in unexplained circumstances, particularly when criminal activity is suspected. Such ...
frenulum

frenulum  

A fold of mucosa which limits the movement of a tissue or organ. The buccal frenulum connects the tissues of the alveolar ridge with the cheek in the premolar region. The labial frenulum is situated ...
frozen watchfulness

frozen watchfulness  

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The state of a child who is unresponsive to its surroundings but is clearly aware of them. The child is usually expressionless and difficult to engage but of normal intelligence. Frozen watchfulness ...
general practice

general practice  

Syn: family practice. The branch of medical practice that is concerned with the first contact and usually continuing care of unselected persons in the population, previously undifferentiated as ...
infantile cortical hyperostosis

infantile cortical hyperostosis  

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A disease that causes new bone growth especially on the long bones. This can be confused with the new growth of bone following fracture and can lead to mistaken suspicion of child abuse.

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