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NCJ Number: 113600 Find in a Library
Title: Child Protective Services: Discretion, Decisions, Dilemmas
Author(s): D D Knudsen
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 217
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-05513-0
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined child protective workers' responses to 8,000 child abuse and neglect allegations involving 4,250 different victims in Indiana County from January 1, 1965, to December 31, 1984, in terms of the legal mandate to protect children.
Abstract: The legal, administrative and organizational factors of child protective services that have shaped the decisionmaking process of its workers are examined, and data on reports of physical abuse, verbal and emotional maltreatment, sexual abuse, and neglect are analyzed. Findings indicate an unexpectedly high level of recidivism, few changes in sources of reports or types of abuse, substantiation levels have risen for abuse and neglect, and the most important variable in these cases was the time period between the initial report and subsequent investigation. Implications of the findings for public policies are explored focusing on the need for more precise definitions, the issue of rights of parents and children, and the problem of prevention. Topics addressed include child abuse as evidence of social illness, as criminal and as victimization; public welfare; maltreatment reports and investigations; and substantiation of maltreatment, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional maltreatment and neglect. Tabular data and 471 references.
Main Term(s): Child abuse investigations
Index Term(s): Child abuse reporting; Child protection services
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