Please Keep My Secret: Child Abuse Reporting Statutes, Confidentiality, and Juvenile Delinquency
38 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 12, 2014
This Article begins with describing the development of child abuse reporting statutes and the attorney's role in reporting child abuse. It also evaluates the history and significance of the attorney-client privilege. It continues by examining the role of attorneys in juvenile delinquency proceedings and demonstrates the advantages of the advocacy model of representation. The final section argues the necessity to maintain the attorney-client privilege, even in child abuse reporting statutes, in order to preserve the advantages of advocating for children.
Keywords: ethics, confidentiality, attorney-client privilege, child abuse reporting statutes, representation of children, duty to report child abuse, attorney’s duty to report
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