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Mandatory reporting of child abuse by professionals of Family Health Teams

Geisy Lanne Muniz Luna Renata Carneiro Ferreira Luiza Jane Eyre de Souza Vieira About the authors

Against the dimension of the problem on violence against child and adolescent for the public health, this article analyzes the process of notification of violence in children and adolescents for doctors, nurses and dentists by the family health teams in Fortaleza, Ceará State, in the exercise of professional practice. It is treated as a study of cut-traverse with the participation of 359 professionals, registered as Family Health Teams (FHT). The questionnaire was applied, and the data collected were organized, codified, tabulated and submitted to a descriptive statistical analysis and calculations of statistics measures significant, through the Qui-square Test of Pearson (χ2) with respective value of p = 0.05, in the program Statistical Social Package Sciences-SPSS, version 13.0 to Windows. It was observed that 52% of the professionals don't know the notification record and 69% never participated on training in the area. The time of formation is significant statistics in the notification of cases (p=0.002). The conclusion is that the notification of child abuse for professionals of FHT happens on a punctual way instead of a systematic, in that sense, the development of programs of continuous training and the amplification of the nets of professional support they can reduce the insecurity degree and to increase the number of notifications of cases of child abuse.

Child abuse; Mandatory reporting; Professional role

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