Gone Baby Gone & Child Maltreatment/Child Neglect

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Gone Baby Gone


Child neglect is one of the most elusive forms of child maltreatment and, as a result, has received less attention than others. Child abuse is one of the most disturbing and controversial topics in the news today. The number of stories that cover the mistreatment of children seems to be growing by the day ranging from accusations of neglect to murder. Child abuse and neglect is something that is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. The health and well being of a child is the primary responsibility of their parents. Raising a child is an incredible responsibility to have. In this paper I will define child neglect, discuss characteristics of maltreatment throughout the scenes of Gone Baby Gone, short and long term effects of child neglect and interventions.

"Gone Baby Gone"

In Today's American society we fail to address several issues that need to be solved.

Unfortunately, child abuse is one of the major issues that our country is plagued with, yet we neglect to bring this to the attention of the entire nation. It is often over looked because everyone has a different view of what exactly defines child abuse. There are many factors to child maltreatment. There are four general categories of child maltreatment now recognized. They are physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional maltreatment. Each category, in turn, covers a range of behavior. In this paper I will define child neglect and the effects of child neglect based on the film "Gone Baby Gone."

Child neglect is another area of child abuse, one in which will be further examined. Child neglect is failure to provide for child's basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care and other basic necessities needed for the development of physical,