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.
Chapter 111: What Rights Do My Clients Have to Information in Their Case Records?
What Rights Do My Clients Have to Information in Their Case Records?
This chapter provides child welfare workers with general information relating to the public disclosure of child welfare agency records. State laws and procedures vary; therefore, it is important to know your own state and local laws, rules, practices, and procedures. Public disclosure requests are different from “discovery” requests. Public disclosure requests may be made by any person and may be made whether or not there is a court action. Discovery requests may be made only in the context of a legal proceeding by a party to the proceeding.
Question: Are parents1 and children entitled to agency records that relate to them?
Answer: Yes. Public ...