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Checklist for Child Abuse Evaluation

Joseph Petty, PhD

Assists you in investigating and evaluating possible abuse or neglect
Paper and pencil
Age range:
10 years to 16 years
Untimed administration
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

This valuable information-gathering tool is used for investigating and evaluating children and adolescents who may have been abused or neglected. You may obtain extensive data for preparing clinical reports or standard documents in the clinical file. The checklist is transferable to all pertinent professionals to eliminate repetitive stressful questioning of the child. Using the checklist will also enhance the possibility of providing legally sound conclusions.

Psychologists, social workers, and other professionals involved in child abuse investigations and evaluations will agree that this checklist provides an excellent survey of child abuse symptomatology.

The 264-item, 40-page CCAE contains 24 sections, including:

  • Child's historical and current status
  • Emotional abuse (child and witness reports)
  • Sexual abuse (child and witness reports)
  • Physical abuse (child and witness reports)
  • Neglect (child and witness reports)
  • Child's psychological status
  • Credibility/competence of the child
  • Conclusions
  • Case-specific treatment recommendations and issues

When conducting an evaluation, you can use the entire checklist or only those sections applicable to the specific situation.