Child Abuse Phrase Book
by Linda M. Grobman, editor, THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
Child Abuse Phrase Book: Family-Social Worker Interview Manual/Manual
Bilingue Para Familias,
by Edward Stresino, 2002. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque,
120 pp., $11.95.
The idea of the
English/Spanish Child Abuse Phrase Book is simple. It
provides a word by word, phrase by phrase, guide to conducting
a child abuse interviewin Spanish. It goes through each
individual phrase in a typical interview, and every conceivable
question a child abuse investigator might ask, and presents side-by-side
English and Spanish versions.
you are a social worker on a home visit to a family's home to
check out a report of suspected child abuse. You get to the house
and find that the family only speaks Spanish, but you need a
little help with the language. You can look in this book and
find that "It's about your child" translates to "Se
trata de su niño/niña."
The book's sections
include interviewing parents, interviewing children, vital data,
medical exams, abuse evaluation, placement orientation, court
orientation, child abuse regulations, and others. A key vocabulary
section includes translations for parts of the body, family relationships,
injuries, and symptoms.
written this book based on his years of experience as a children's
services worker in Emergency Response. The book has been used
in child welfare training programs throughout California.
Child Abuse Phrase Book is not a substitute for a working
knowledge of conversational Spanish. After all, it does not provide
translations for the answers to your interview questionsonly
the questions (and statements) themselves that you might commonly
What this book
can do very effectively is get you up to speed quickly
if you are new to bilingual (English/Spanish) social work. English-speaking
social workers who work with Spanish-speaking families would
do well to keep a copy of this book with them at all times.
Linda M. Grobman, ACSW, LSW, editor/publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL
© 2001, 2002
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