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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.

What Criteria are Most Critical to Determine the Urgency of Child Protective Services Response?
What criteria are most critical to determine the urgency of child protective services response?

Determining the urgency of response to a report is the first step in safety assessment. The worker will be able to determine the speed and degree of intervention with carefully obtained, specific knowledge of the child and his or her circumstances. The criteria that inform the worker concern the incident, the child, the person(s) responsible for the alleged abuse or neglect, the family, and the family's situation. Many states have their own criteria for response times based on the nature of the report.

The following factors are generally used to distinguish among emergencies requiring instant response, those requiring responses ...

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