Caption: Child Abuse Risk
Text: This is a sensitive issue for parents and must be handled discretely. When going through the routine list of family risk factors, such as mental illness, drugs, alcohol, incarceration, the student could ask "Have you ever thought your child might be at risk for child abuse?"
Physicians are required to report suspected abuse, and are not required to be entirely certain of abuse. Failure to report a case may make you liable for prosecution. The law provides immunity to lawsuit if your action is taken with good faith and professionalism.