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Stanford Medicine finds racial disparities in child abuse reporting

Original post made on Feb 7, 2023

Black children who are injured because of suspected child abuse are reported to Child Protective Services more frequently than white children and those of other races, a new Stanford School of Medicine study has found.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 9:04 AM

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Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2023 at 12:39 pm

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Disturbing report.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2023 at 5:25 pm

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Underreporting child abuse is even worse than overreporting. You're keeping a child in an abusive home. You would think someone could tell by an injury whether it's abuse or not. When in doubt, report the abuse. Better safe than sorry.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2023 at 6:22 pm

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Doctors are supposed to be mandated reporters. However, by putting something permanently in a medical record that can be tied to caregivers, doesn't help ANYONE. It casts suspicions on the caregivers FOREVER. And it seems like Stanford is trying to get Epic to get their ankle in a trap by implementing in their software an item that could be considered a violation of a caregiver's civil rights. But hey, let's just arrest everyone and put a permanently engraved accusation in a medical record that will be globally shared forever. Instead of calling it "Megan's law", lets call it "Stanford's Law".

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