When you’re wrong about child abuse

Accusing parents of child abuse is serious business:

“It’s a very agonizing decision,” he says. “I have to be 100 percent correct, because if I diagnose a child as abused and it’s not, it’s as damaging to the child and the family as if I return a child to an abusive environment. The ramifications of my diagnosis are huge.”

Unfortunately, Steiner has been wrong — on more than one occasion.


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