ERIC Number: EJ1019780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Differential Response: What to Make of the Existing Research? A Response to Hughes et al.
Research on Social Work Practice, v23 n5 p539-544 Sep 2013
This article is a response to "Issues in Differential Response", a review of the current evidence pertaining to differential response (DR) programs in child protective services (CPS). In my view, the Hughes, Rycus, Saunders-Adams, Hughes, and Hughes article suffers from several weaknesses. First, DR programs are critiqued as if they were a manualized intervention rather than a policy orientation, resulting in unhelpful conclusions. Second, the strength of existing evidence pertaining to child safety in DR is framed in an overly negative way. Finally, I attempt to place our understanding of DR in a broader perspective reflecting the continuing evolution of CPS and policies.
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Social Services, Child Welfare, Child Safety, Delivery Systems, State of the Art Reviews, Research Problems, Evidence, Policy, Program Implementation, Risk, Recidivism, Investigations, Risk Assessment
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