While professional codes of conduct and ethical guidelines provide baseline expectations regarding mandated child maltreatment reporting, there remains limited guidance regarding how to incorporate cultural considerations related to reporting when working with youth and their families. This is especially important given that the highest rates of child abuse and neglect are reported among youth from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. A discussion regarding cultural considerations and practical recommendations is provided to offer guidance when navigating potential disclosure of child maltreatment.
- Discuss considerations for talking to children about abuse in an easy-to-understand way that facilitates accurate responses to important questions.
- Identify the role cultural humility in working with youth and their families.
- Describe the ethical dilemma youth can encounter when they contemplate disclosing maltreatment.
Mascari, L. H. (2022). Navigating Cultural Considerations and Disclosure of Child Maltreatment. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 48(4). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42843-022-00074-5