ERIC Number: EJ925732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Should Child Protection Services Respond Differently to Maltreatment, Risk of Maltreatment, and Risk of Harm?
Fallon, Barbara; Trocme, Nico; MacLaurin, Bruce
Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, v35 n4 p236-239 Apr 2011
Objective: To examine evidence available in large-scale North American datasets on child abuse and neglect that can assist in understanding the complexities of child protection case classifications. Methods: A review of child abuse and neglect data from large North American epidemiological studies including the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS), the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), and the National Incidence Studies of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS). Results: The authors of this paper argue that recent evidence from large North American epidemiological studies examining the incidence of child abuse and neglect demonstrate that children and families identified as being at risk of maltreatment present with as many household and caregiver concerns as investigations that are substantiated. Conclusions: In order to continue to develop appropriate services and policies for vulnerable children the authors urge continue definitional clarity for research in child maltreatment that considers the exemplars or indicators of categories, in tandem with parental and child characteristics which can provide one source of evidence-basis to meaningful child protection case classifications. Continued monitoring, refined by the dilemmas faced in practice, are critical for a continued public health investment in children's well-being, predicated upon upholding children's rights.
Descriptors: Evidence, Public Agencies, Child Abuse, Incidence, Childrens Rights, Public Health, North Americans, Child Neglect, Classification, At Risk Persons, Social Services, Public Policy, Well Being
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