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Title: Transfer of Responsibility for Child Protective Investigations to Law Enforcement in Florida: A Supplemental Study Final Report
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Author(s): Susan Kinnevy Ph.D. ; Vera Huang M.S. ; Melissa Dichter M.S.W ; Richard Gelles Ph.D.
Corporate Author: University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Work,
Ctr on the Study of Youth Policy
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2005
Page Count: 158
  Annotation: This report presents findings from a study designed to supplement a previous study evaluating the impact of a 1998 Florida legislative mandate to transfer the responsibility for child protective investigations in three Florida counties from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to the Sheriff’s offices in those counties.
Abstract: In May 1998, the Florida Legislature mandated the transfer of responsibility for child protective investigations in Manatee, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to the Sheriff’s offices (SO) in those counties. The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Florida DCF funded an evaluation on the impact of this change. The evaluation was completed in 2003 with inconclusive results. The findings indicate that the law enforcement intervention did not prove as successful as intended. This report presents supplemental findings to the original study and further explores under-examined or unanswered questions from the original study. This secondary analysis indicates that the transfer of investigative responsibilities to law enforcement has not had the desired or expected impact. It supports the original findings that the investigative transfer had little impact on recurrence and recidivism, although there seemed to be more convergence among all counties than had been previously revealed. The study was able to establish to some extent the percentage of perpetrators likely to experience criminal sanctions in Broward County. Figures, tables, graphs, charts, and appendixes A-F
Main Term(s): Child abuse investigations
Index Term(s): Legislation ; State laws ; Criminal investigation ; Child protection services ; Policing innovation ; Child protection laws ; Police role in criminal investigations ; Child victim interviews ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Florida
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2000-IJ-CX-0002
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University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Work,
4200 Pine Street, 3rd Floor
Ctr on the Study of Youth Policy
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4090
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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