Child Abuse Reporting: Crisis in Christian Education

From: Volume II, Issue 1: Fall 1981 Pages 56-63


The breadth of language in child abuse reporting statutes as to what constitutes child abuse threatens to interfere with the reasonable use of corporal punishment by parents and others acting in loco parentis. The problem can essentially be expressed as follows: Scriptural commands to use corporal punishment are purpose-oriented whereas child abuse statues are result-oriented. What is needed are reporting statue amendments that would balance protection of the child with a high degree of predictability of child abuse violations for teachers and parents. South Caroline, Maryland, and Maine have statues now which seem to be meeting this need.



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