Case Study #1 – (50 points)
Directions: The scenario provided below is to help you apply the concepts attained by reading Multidisciplinary Investigation of Child Maltreatment. Review the case study and determine how children who are maltreated are nonideal victims (see Chapter 1) and figure out the levels of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development the children described should have attained at this point in their lives (see Chapters 2, 3). Next, use concepts described in Chapters 4 and 5, to identify the signs, symptoms, and consequences of maltreatment possibly suffered by the child in the scenario. Then, apply those concepts in Chapters 6 and 7 for the investigation and interviewing plan to determine whether the children in the scenarios were maltreated. The scenarios have basic information to get you started.
Your case study response should be a minimum of 5 pages, double spaced. One additional page will contain a reference list of the sources used (both assigned and unassigned readings). In-text citations and the reference list should follow APA style (see instructions below) or penalties should be applied. This assignment is due on Sunday, October 4th, 2020 by 11:59 pm on Blackboard.
Case #1 – Pat
Pat’s babysitter is concerned when she sees bruising on his forehead on Friday. She also notices small oval sized bruises on each side of both thighs and on his ribcage. When his father returns at the end of the day, she asks about the injuries. The teenage father states that his other son let the door close in his face and then he fell down on the front step. The babysitter is suspicious of this explanation given that Pat’s father carries the two-year-old everywhere, despite the fact that Pat can walk. On Monday, Pat clings to his father and seems to not want him to leave. When the sitter changes Pat’s diaper, she notices strange bruises on his buttocks. The child is very tired all day and takes two long naps. When Pat is awake, he sits close to the sitter and is uncharacteristically quiet. He glances periodically at the door but does not play at all. When another child comes over to Pat, Pat hits him. A car backfires loudly, causing the sitter to startle, but Pat acts as though he did not even hear it. Pat’s father is defensive when the sitter asks what happened over the weekend.
Assume that you are the Child Protection Specialist who is in charge of investigating the case. Based on the accusation of abuse, your task this for this case study is to conduct an investigation. Be sure to include specifics geared towards the case (I do not want general info) and address all of following components: