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NCJ Number: 153337 Find in a Library
Title: Risk Assessment Technical Brief
Corporate Author: American Humane Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: American Humane Assoc
Englewood, CO 80112
Sale Source: American Humane Assoc
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Risk assessment in child protective services is discussed with respect to its goals, issues involved in the development of risk assessment, approaches used in the development of models, validity and reliability of models, risk assessment training and evaluation, and recommendatiosn for research and practice.
Abstract: Risk assessment has been part of decisionmaking in child protective services since the field began. The goals of risk assessment vary according to whether the user is a researcher, agency administrator, or caseworker. Three crucial purposes are prediction/classification, decisionmaking, and resource management. The basic focus of risk assessment is usually on the probability that child maltreatment will recur. Approaches include empirically based models, consensus-based models, and blended consensus/empirical models. Training is crucial to the implementation of risk assessment and its integration into an existing practice model. Evaluation focuses on the instrument itself and on its implementation. Research is needed regarding goals and purposes, implementation, and effective leverage points for controlling resources in child protective services. 47 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child abuse situation remedies; Child protection services; Child welfare; Criminality prediction
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