• June 2002
  • Vol. 3, No. 5

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New Bilingual Phrase Book for Child Abuse Referrals

A new English-Spanish phrase book aims to remove communication barriers that many social workers encounter when responding to child abuse referrals. Revised from a 1993 edition, the newly published English/Spanish Child Abuse Phrase Book: Family-Social Worker Interview Manual/Manual Bilingue para Familias has been used for more than seven years in many child welfare training programs throughout California.

Designed as a resource for social workers, the book contains phrases useful when responding to a referral presented side by side in English and Spanish. Although conversational knowledge of each language is assumed, the book is a useful tool for both fluent and non-fluent speakers.

This book, written by Edward Stresino, was based on his work as a bilingual Emergency Response worker. In the Preface, Stresino states that "each situation is visualized equally in both languages," rather than providing literal translations. The book is divided into sections that correspond to the steps in the referral process from the social worker's initial contact with the family through the interviewing and evaluation phases. It contains sample language about placement, court, and releasing the child to relatives. The book also defines child abuse regulations and key vocabulary.

Contact information:

University of New Mexico Press
Order Department
3721 Spirit Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-5631
Phone: 1-800-249-7737
Website: http://www.unmpress.com

Related Items

Visit the website of the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov) for the following Spanish factsheets regarding child abuse and neglect:

  • ¿Qué es el maltrato de menores? (What is Child Maltreatment?)
  • Usted tiene el poder de prevenir el abuso y la negligencia de menores (You Have the Power to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect)

Read "Bilingual Resource for Child Molestation and Sexual Abuse Interviewers" in the May 2000 issue of the Children's Bureau Express.

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