• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.

How Do I Decide Whether to accept a Report for a Child Protective Services Investigation?
How do I decide whether to accept a report for a child protective services investigation?

Accepting a report for a child protective services (CPS) investigation is a legal decision. The appropriateness of this decision depends on the ability of the worker to elicit critical and accurate information and apply law and policy to the information gathered.

  • Review law and policy and determine how it is applied in practice.
    • Refer to state law as it is outlined in your agency manual.

      The law will define what is considered child abuse and neglect under your state statutes. These definitions are your ultimate source of guidance. For example, some statutes specify whether educational neglect is an ...

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