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NCJ Number: 156305 Find in a Library
Title: Effective Screening of Child Care and Youth Service Workers
Journal: Children's Legal Rights Journal  Volume:15  Issue:1-2  Dated:(Winter/Spring 1994-1995)  Pages:22-27
Author(s): N Davis; S Wells
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Screening procedures for youth-care workers is discussed.
Abstract: This article presents the findings of a study, conducted by the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law under contract with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, regarding the use and effectiveness of a variety of screening mechanisms. It also offers a screening model which, while not prescribing a designated screening practice overall or for any particular organization, outlines the steps and considerations organizations should consider in adopting a system for screening employees. The findings and recommendations are applicable to Federal and State legislators and officials as well as administrators of national and local organizations serving children and youth. The National Survey conducted as part of this study collected data from child and youth-serving agencies on the screening mechanisms they use, including costs, timeliness of information, quality and perceived effectiveness. Respondents also were asked their opinions on the need for specific national child and youth worker screening policies and whether they had identified any applicants they considered unsuitable to work with or around children, and whether they experienced any valid cases of abuse involving a staff person. Criteria for a decisionmaking model that would assist employers and organizations in designing their own screening policies are provided. Recommendations for a national policy are made. Suggestions for the direction of future inquiry are noted.
Main Term(s): Juvenile day treatment services
Index Term(s): Child care services; Juveniles; Youth Services Bureau
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