This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.
Chapter 15: The Michigan Structured Decision-Making System
The Michigan Structured Decision-Making System
Child protective services (CPS) has one of the most difficult missions imaginable. When child abuse or neglect is suspected by the community, CPS workers must investigate the report, determine if maltreatment occurred, and then if abuse or neglect is confirmed, select a course of action that will ensure that the child(ren) is protected from future harm. The stakes are obviously very high, both in human and economic terms.
While there has been a threefold increase in reports of abuse and neglect nationwide since 1980, there is little data available to agencies to guide the selection of the most effective strategies for intervention. So little is known that CPS agencies even struggle with how effectiveness ...