ERIC Number: ED334694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Linking Schools and Social Services; The Case of Child Abuse Reporting. A RAND Note.
Zellman, Gail L.
Findings of a study on child abuse reporting practices are presented in this paper. A survey of 1,196 professionals (social workers, psychologists, and doctors) and 267 elementary and secondary principals yielded response rates of 59 and 69 percent, respectively. Findings indicate that although school district policy and resource limitations reinforce compliance with reporting laws, child protective service (CPS) agencies designed to limit reports and to focus resources on the most serious cases are inconsistent with district policies. As a result, school staff reports may be received with annoyance and rejection. The implications of this conflict for child protection and for other collaborative efforts are discussed. Another finding is that although principals receive less formal child protection training than many other professionals, they are the most committed reporters. Reporting knowledge, formal training, and perceptions of personal consequences are the most consistent predictors of reporting behavior, all of which suggests the value of formal training. Role and policy clarification and voluntary cooperation are recommended actions to alleviate problems between agencies and educators. Three tables are included. (21 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.