Child Abuse Assessment Case Study
Directions: Read the case study of Rachel and answer the questions following the case study.
Rachel is a 15- year-old Caucasian female. Rachel is a ward of the state and lives in a group home with 12 other girls. Rachel is in the group home because she has a pattern of arrests and truancy that led her to juvenile detention. After serving a sentence of 6 months in the juvenile detention center, she was remanded to a therapeutic group home for a year. Rachel sees her mother and father once a week, on family day.
Rachel has a history of learning difficulties and her case worker reports that she has been diagnosed with a cognitive disability. The case worker explains that Rachel lacks age-appropriate social cues and struggles to make friends.
Rachel was brought into your office by a group home case worker. The case worker explains that she discovered that Rachel has been communicating with an unknown male over a social networking website. The case worker explains that the material that has been shared is “inappropriate” and involves a tactic called “sexting.” There is little known about the online contact, for instance they do not know the individual’s age, name, or true identity.
- Identify three follow up questions you have for Rachel.
- Identify three follow upquestions you have for the case worker
- Describe at least three indicators/symptoms you would be assessing for in Rachel’s case.
- Is Rachel a victim of sexual exploitation? Explain