Use screening questions when you are doing a routine intake assessment of a child or adolescent. Many mandated reporters feel uncomfortable asking screening questions about child abuse. However, many children who are being abused or neglected do not show any indicators. Increasingly, professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics are encouraging professionals to use screening questions about abuse and neglect routinely in their intake procedures.
Use targeted questions when you see an indicator that could be the result of child abuse or neglect.