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NCJ Number: 165009 Find in a Library
Title: Balance of Prevention, Investigation, and Treatment in the Management of Child Protection Services
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:20  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1996)  Pages:899-906
Author(s): R Sanders; S Jackson; N Thomas
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Interviews with 38 of the 171 members of the interdisciplinary Area Child Protection Committees in Wales formed the basis of an analysis of these forums' effectiveness and the balance between three components of child protection policy: prevention, investigation, and treatment.
Abstract: The committees' membership includes senior representatives of local agencies involved in child protection, who meet four to six times per year to coordinate, plan, and monitor local child protection services. The research gathered information by means of structured interviews containing both open and closed questions. Results revealed a substantial emphasis on investigation procedures. Prevention strategies received little attention, and treatment services were virtually ignored. Findings suggested three actions that might address the current imbalance. These include giving agencies with less responsibility for investigation a more prominent role in the management of child protection services; inclusion of child protection services in an integrated, multidisciplinary child welfare service; and research into the availability of a broad spectrum of treatment for abused children. Tables and 33 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse treatment; Crime in foreign countries; Interagency cooperation; Wales
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