ERIC Number: ED386607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Children's Aid and the Schools.
Bridgeland, William M.; Duane, Edward A.
In Ontario, Canada, the agency which has the foremost obligation for the discovery and amelioration of child abuse and neglect is Children's Aid. Elementary schools are the target of much child-abuse detection. This article develops the perceptions of a representative group of 10 workers in Children's Aid on the schools relative to child abuse. The survey was conducted by phone in an hour long three-way interview. It focused on the ways that school people facilitate the case worker's job and/or blocked the investigation and disposition of cases. For the most part respondents saw school people as good humans, observers, monitors and supporters of Children's Aid. But, nonetheless, educators may also project their initial and long-term anxieties onto the situation. They may have unrealistic expectations for rapid and complete resolution of the problem demanding that the child be "rescued from abuse." School people can be defensive out of insecurity and thus require support. Children's Aid workers need to tell school people they value their assistance. Both school people and Children's Aid seem to be addressing and effectively grappling with the problem. Therefore necessary changes need to be incremental and communicative rather than more fundamental and structural. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada